This highly anticipated event features over 160 lots of wrist watches, pocket watches, clocks, and other time-keeping rarities from manufacturers including Tiffany, Cartier, Rolex, Baume & Mercier, Jaeger LeCoultre, Breitling, Omega, and many others.
All lots from this event are on display and available for preview in Morphy’s auction gallery now.
Nothing says quality and prestige quite like Rolex, so let’s take a minute and check out this sale’s expansive selections of these crown jewels. Buyers can fill their “watch lists” with over 50 Rolex timepieces on offer. For those collectors hungry for something unique, Lot #33, a Rolex Domino’s Pizza steel wrist watch, should prove quite satisfying. This one of a kind piece was made as a sample or prototype for Domino’s, and its accompanying paperwork confirms that its unusual dial and markers are original and correct. It is estimated at $20,000-40,000. Lot #135, a c. 1967 Rolex 1675 “Pepsi” GMT with a red and blue 24 hour rotating bezel, will turn a few heads. It is refreshingly estimated at $5,000-8,000. And it’s hard to deny the pull of lot #90, a pair of Oyster Perpetual Milgauss watches in white and discontinued black. Rolex engineered this watch line to withstand high electromagnetic fields; the design is famous for its “lightning bolt” shaped second hand. The lot of two Milgauss watches is estimated at $15,000-20,000.
Patek Philippe watches are known universally for their highly sophisticated movements, breathtaking designs, and impressive prices. This sale offers several extraordinary examples for men and women that live up to this well-deserved reputation. Lot #91, a Patek Philippe lady’s wrist watch, is a surefire way to fight the blues. This 18K yellow gold timepiece features a lapis frame set with 40 diamonds and a lapis dial set with diamond hour markers. It is estimated at $20,000-30,000. Nothing says tradition like lot #94, a Patek Philippe Calatrava men’s wrist watch. This handsome 18k yellow gold example has its original strap and buckle and is detailed with an exhibition back, a white dial with Roman numeral markers, a sapphire crystal, and an 18k crown marked with the Patek Philippe logo. This class-act is estimated at $10,000-20,000. And lot #59, a Patek Philippe annual calendar with moon phase, should send watch enthusiasts into orbit. This extraordinary feat of engineering, estimated at $50,000-60,000, features a platinum case and pull out crown, a slate grey dial, polished bezel, sapphire crystal, and its original Patek Philippe crocodile strap equipped with a folding clasp.
This fine sale features an up to the minute selection of other leading wristwatch manufacturers, including Cartier, Baume & Mercier, Jaeger LeCoultre, Breitling, and Omega, among others. One selection that might just generate a little “panda-monium” in the auction gallery is lot #60, an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “Panda” watch. This black and white beauty, featuring a stainless steel case, a “tapisserie” pattern silver dial, an octagonal bezel, a screw down crown, sapphire crystal, and an alligator strap with an Audemars Piguet deployant clasp, is estimated at $15,000-20,000.
For those timepiece collectors who prefer things “hands free,” this sale will not disappoint with over 30 pocket style watches on offer. Lot #32, a Tiffany & Co. 18k gold minute repeater, deserves a second look. This c. 1902 example features an 18k yellow gold Tiffany case, a Patek Philippe movement, a white dial with Arabic numerals, dated engravings, a 5 color enamel coat of arms, and a wooden display case. The whole package is estimated at $8,000-10,000. Lot #87, a Patek Philippe open face pocket watch, is another headliner in this category. This c. 1915, 18k yellow gold timepiece, which passes the time with its white enamel dial and seconds register, blued steel hands, and black Roman numerals, is estimated at $3,000-4,000.
Top-tier selections of clocks and other time keeping novelties complete this can’t miss auction event. Lot #58, a Vacheron Constantin coin watch and rare cuff links set, rounds out our discussion here. This dashing duo, estimated at $10,000-15,000, consists of an 18k yellow gold Vacheron Constantin fine 1904 twenty-dollar Double Eagle US gold coin watch and a stunning pair of 18k gold and onyx cufflinks by Oscar Heyman for Vacheron Constantine.
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