Sadly, Queen Elizabeth II left us in 2022. We could go on for hours and hours about what a big role she played while she was on the throne for 70 years, but that’s not why you watch geeks opened this article.
Next to an accomplished and sophisticated royalty, Queen Elizabeth II was also a watch collector!
Every brand would kill to have their name associated with the British royal family. Since the queen was a lady of taste, she chose her own watches, and oh boy, were these some incredible watches.
Over her life, she has been seen with 14 different luxury watches. The full extent of her majesty’s collection will, of course, never be known.
Her Royal Highness Patek Philippe
Let’s start with the most well known watches of the Queen, her collection of piece unique Patek Philippe’s. The most famous watch is, of course, the legendary piece Unique 4975, a 1/1 timepiece based on the Ellipse. This watch had a pearl bracelet, a diamond-covered case, and baguette indexes. This was the watch she wore most often. The Queen was a big fan of the Patek Philippe Ellipse. She was also seen wearing a more traditional version of the Ellipse in the 1980’s.
The Queen has always had a thing for small, yellow gold Art Deco timepieces. Yellow gold bracelets and white dials were her thing. Around the 1990s, her majesty was very fond of the latest addition to her collection, an Omega Ladymatic that checked all the boxes.
Queen Elizabeth wore a Jaeger-LeCoultre 101 on her coronation day in 1953. Even though the watch is 70 years old, the movement is still today the smallest of the world. It’s easy to mistake the watch for a bracelet, and that was exactly the point. It was important to not take away the attention of the ceremonial jewelry.
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars
Between 2000 and 2022, the queen was often seen wearing an Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars. The Jules Audemars is one of the most classic pieces of the AP collection. A highly sophisticated watch with white dial, roman numerals and gold bracelet that’s just perfect for any formal occasion.