Patek Philippe and Rolex watches are among the 500 timepieces, pocket watches, and clocks on sale atAntiquorum’s “Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces,” to be held on May 15 in Geneva’s Mandarin Oriental.
A Patek Philippe Reference 130 with pink dial (pictured above), confirmed by the extract from the archives will be among the watches on the block. This “Staybrite” stainless steel wristwatch with square button chronograph, register and tachometer scale was made in 1941 and was sold on March 3, 1943. Its presale estimate is $173,000 to $231,000.
A second notable Patek is a Reference 5970G, circa 2006, 18k white gold wristwatch with a square-button chronograph, register, perpetual calendar, moon phases, 24 hour indication, and tachometer (presale estimate $115,000 to $173,000).
Among the Rolexes being offered at auction is the Rolex “Oyster Perpetual Date, Explorer II,” Ref. 1655, Spade of Oman, was made in 1974 and retailed by Asprey of London. It is the first time this watch is available. It is one of the few Rolex watches to feature the “Spade of Oman” logo. These special watches, with case number engraved on the inside case back, were sold by Asprey, the official Rolex retailer in the Arab world. This model also bears the rare engraved “Asprey” name on the outside caseback (presale estimate $115,500 to $173,000).
Another Rolex on the block is the “Oyster Perpetual, Comex, 660ft./200 m, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified,” Ref. 1665, Rail Dial. The 1980 watch is accompanied by its original guarantee, 1970s Submariner and Oyster booklets, hang tag, anchor and original fitted box, as well as a COMEX magazine and COMEX regulator (presale estimate $81,000 to $150,000).
Among the fine pocket watches on sale is a Louis Audemars “Grande Complication – “La Russe II,” No. 12199, that retailed by G. Aspe, Paris in 1896. This timepiece is one of the most important complicated watches of the 19th century, Antiquorum says, with double perpetual calendar for Julian and Gregorian calendars, as well as minute-repeating, two time zones, chronograph, central 60-minute register, moon phases, lunar calendar and “reference d’heure” world-time calculation chart functions (presale estimate $115,000 to $173,000).
The auction will celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the iconic Reverso watch with a selection of 30 Reversos, including original pieces from 1931, emblematic and ultra-rare versions with colored dials, limited series with complications, and watches with enamel-decorated case backs. Jaeger-LeCoultre is partnering this special “Reverso Chapter,” and will provide an extract from its archives, free of charge, for each lot made prior to 1950.
The Reverso was created in 1931 for British army officers stationed in India who requested a watch that could survive a polo match. The swiveling case of the Art Deco-style watch protected the dial and offered a surface that, as of the 1930s, could be personalized by means of engraving or enamel.
One of the highlights of the Reverso sale is a very rare and early Steel Reverso with red lacquered dial with a presale estimate of $5,775 to $9,200.
One of the very first models to bear the LeCoultre signature, a 1930’s Staybrite watch with chocolate-colored dial is a classic Reverso watch with small seconds. Six others are featured in the sale, including a rare example made for the French market and bearing the Jaeger signature, and another watch from among the few that were destined exclusively for the American market (presale estimate, $5,778 to $9,200).
Among the modern Reverso wristwatches, the highlight is the “Mucha’s Four Seasons” No. 1/25, Ref. 276.1.62, a set of four enameled pieces introduced in the 1990s and made in a limited edition of 25 sets. On the back of each case is a painted enamel portrait of a woman symbolizing each of the four seasons by Miklos Merczel, the manufacture’s enamel artist (presale estimate $70,000 to $92,000).