|Auction: Thursday, 16 November 2023|
|Lot 600 – 823||Fine Jewels – Part I|
|Lot 824 – 953||Fine Jewels – Part II|
|Lot 1000 – 1192||Watches|
|Preview: 10 to 13 November 2023|
|Friday||10 - 6 p.m.|
|Saturday||10 - 6 p.m.|
|Sunday||10 - 6 p.m.|
|Monday||10 - 6 p.m.|
Online Catalogue: from 20 October 2023
Prices on the watch market have settled again and are at a high level due to strong demand. At the Watches sale on 16 November, collectors can strike right away without having to wait long. The highlights among the watches come from the renowned companies Patek Philippe, Rolex, A. Lange & Söhne and Audemars Piguet, who are represented with their best-known models.
For fans, it is the epitome of the round wristwatch: the Calatrava from Patek Philippe. Its classic and distinct design makes it a coveted collector’s item. At this sale, a mint Calatrava with reference number 5227J-001 will be offered which is estimated at 17,000–26,000 euros. It was purchased from the concessionaire just last year, has never been worn and will now be offered for half the list price. Other Calatravas include ref. 5196G in stylish white gold (estimate: €10,000–15,000) plus the 5015, which is equipped with several complications (estimate: €9,000–12,000).
Rolex is another must-have for watch collectors: this Autumn, the renowned company’s iconic models will once again be called up, including an Explorer II “Steve McQueen” with reference number 1655 for 13,000–18,000 euros. Only few personages have received the honour of having a Rolex model named after them. Actor and daredevil Steve McQueen was one of the select few. Ironically, it has never been definitively cleared up whether the “King of Cool” was ever given reference number 1655, which originally was created for adventurers and spelunkers.
Watch aficionados appreciate the precision and elegance of the Day Date Oysterquartz, as it is one of the few Rolex watches with a quartz movement. The version offered here with a blue dial and reference number M19019 is estimated at 15,000–18,000 euros. Rolex also created the popular models Pearlmaster with ref. no. 69298 (estimate: €18,000–25,000) and the striking Submariner “Kermit” with Flat 4 bezel and reference 16610 (estimate: €8,000–12,000). Of the popular Rolex models, two vintage watches will be available at the sale: a Submariner with reference number 16800 whose indices have a beautiful patina (estimate: €8,000–12,000) and the distinct blue-red Pepsi GMT II which was designed for the American Airlines pilots and whose four-digit reference number indicates the age of the watch (estimate: €6,000–8,000).
The 1815 from A. Lange & Söhne pays homage to the company’s founder, Ferdinand A. Lange, and embodies the brand’s classic elegance and craftsmanship. It is considered a masterpiece of the traditional German watchmaker’s art and has a clear and timeless design. Ref. 231.031 on offer is from a special, limited edition of 250 pieces (estimate: €18,000–25,000). Just as coveted will probably be the Lange 1 with reference number 101.002, whose characteristic feature is the decentralized indicators. As the best-known model it is the flagship of A. Lange & Söhne (estimate: €15,000–20,000).
The Royal Oak was revolutionary when it was introduced in 1972. With its innovative “tappiserie”-style case, the octagonal shape and the visible screws on the case, Audemars Piguet redefined the standards for luxury watches. By now the exclusive watch is one of the most popular collector’s items among watch aficionados. Therefore there is likely to be high demand for the edition with reference number D-26157 offered at the upcoming sale (estimate: €15,000–25,000). Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 was introduced in 2019. Its name stands for the four fundamental principles of the “Challenge, Own, Dare, Evolve” collection. Reference number 26393BC.00.A321CR.01 in a sporty version is estimated at 15,000–20,000 euros.
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph stands for elegance and functionality. This watch is part of the renowned overseas collection from Vacheron Constantin which is noted for its sporty elegance and adaptability to different lifestyles. The version with reference 5500V is estimated at 15,000–20,000 euros.
Further popular and timeless classic watches by renowned manufacturers complete the high-quality offerings in this segment.