Osvaldo Patrizzi began his career in watches at thirteen when he worked for a watch and clock restorer in Milan. Sixteen years later, in 1974, he established an auction house devoted to watches, clocks, and objects of vertu. He quickly became a leading expert in watches, and from 1987 his firm Antiquorum became the leading auction house for timepieces.


Many famous people in the world of horology have been associated at one time or another with him. Patrizzi has an ever innovative approach to the art of watch auctions. He is without a doubt responsible for the development of wristwatch collecting — he was the first to introduce wristwatches at auctions in 1980 and the first to introduce thematic auctions in the field of horology starting with “The Art of Patek Philippe” in 1989.


Osvaldo Patrizzi also opened the watch collectors’ market in Asia by holding the first

auction in Hong Kong as early as 1979. He was also the first to have a website and online auctions, and the first to have developed a system of live interactive online bidding simultaneously with classic, live auctions. He is responsible for selling over 75% of all the watches ever sold for over one million dollars.


He has also created the “Grading System” which is the most reliable tool available today to help collectors evaluate the condition of the watch they are interested in, with just the catalogue in hand. Osvaldo has shared his passion for horology in numerous articles and is the author of many books on the world’s most prestigious watch brands which have become references for collectors and museums alike. In 2000, he was named by American journalists to be amongst the twenty most influential personalities in the field of horology of the 20th century.


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