The world’s premiere auction house Antiquorum, had it’s November ‘Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces’ sale on Sunday the 11th and it featured some pretty rare and amazing watches from Rolex, Patek Philippe and AP. I thought I’d just put together a little collection of some of the highlights from the auction so you can get a grasp of what serious collectors are paying for the most desirable watches in the world.
Lot 126: Rolex Single Red Prototype Ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller Submariner (Sale Price 490,900 CHF – 495,551 AUD)
One of 6 known to have been made, never seen before this auction, owned by a Japanese collector and remained unworn since it’s purchase. Arguably the most sought after Rolex of all time. Sold for 4 times its auction estimate!
Lot 612: Patek Philippe Ref.1518 (Sale Price 266,500 CHF – 269,519 AUD)
First Series. Made in 1951, it is a rare 18K yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases accompanied by the Extract from the Archives which states the meticulously kept, up-to-date information registered for every model made in the Patek Philippe Archives since 1839.
Lot 551: Patek Philippe Ref.2499/100 (Sale Price 290,500 CHF – 293,791 AUD)
One of the last examples to be produced. It is a very fine 18K yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with phases of the moon. Made in 1984, this watch has never been offered at auction before. Another stunning vintage Patek also accompanied with Extract from Archives information.
Lot 273: Audemars Piguet, Jules Audemars Echappement Chronometre (Sale Price 224,500 CHF – 227,043 AUD)
Made in 2010 and won the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie in 2009 in the men’s watches category. Looks a little like one of my favourite watches the MB&F Legacy Machine No.1. It is a platinum chronometer wristwatch with enamel dial and power reserve indication and was the first time offered at auction. A beautiful example from an accomplished manufacturer.
These watches represent the dream. Flying to Geneva, staying at the Mandarin Oriental and attending one of the world’s most significant watch auctions with a list of watches you must leave Geneva with. It’s hard to imagine spending half a million dollars on a watch, let alone anything, you will never use just to know you have it in your possession. This is the highest level of collecting, the pinnacle for most watch enthusiasts and for me nothing tops these vintage Pateks, they are just enchanting. I think its is fitting for me to comment on the Single Red 1665, which is, to put lightly, maybe the most significant dive watch in the world (And a huge favourite of mine). Just saying.