Patek Philippe & Co is a family owned business which is a part of the watch making tradition of Geneva. It was established in 1839 and is one of the oldest family-owned watch manufacturers in Switzerland. Its watches are in great demand worldwide due to the perfection of their movements that is made in-house; its old watches fetch huge prices at auctions.
The co-founder of Patek Philippe, Francophone Antoine Norbert de Patek was born in Poland as Antoni Patek de Prawdzic. He changed his name on installation in Switzerland. He along with Francois Czapek founded the legendary watchmaking company which at that time was called Patek, Czapek and Cie. They made the first pocket watches in 1839 with numbers 63, 64 and 65. The first customer was Madame Goscinska.