Jun 12, 2010 10:00:56 AM
Offered at auction for the first time
Antiquorum sells Patek Philippe ref. 5104 for $ 576,000
Watch collectors filled Antiquorum’s auction room in New York City on June 10th for its sale of Important Collectors’ Wristwatches, Pocket Watches & Clocks which achieved $ 4,511,268 resulting in a combined spring sales total of $ 9,511,656. Enthusiastically competing with the collectors present in the auction room were 420 registered internet bidders in addition to the many phone and commission bidders. Of the 364 lots offered in the sale, an impressive 83% were sold by lot and 114% were sold by value based on the low estimate. Bids came in from across the globe, including Italy, the Netherlands, China, Israel, the Russian Federation, Japan, and the United States
“Despite tremendous volatility in the international stock markets, the demand for rare timepieces continues to maintain its strength. As confirmed by our June auction, collectors across the globe have confidence in the enduring value of high - end watches, which seem to be treated as a safe repository for money and a hedge against currency fluctuations,”said Evan Zimmermann, President and CEO of Antiquorum.
Offered at auction for the first time, the highlight of the sale was indisputably the Patek Philippe ref. 5104. The platinum minute-repeater with skeletonized dial [lot 363] sold for an outstanding $ 576,000 after heated competition between room, phone and internet bidders, ultimately selling to a private collector.
In addition, exceptional prices were achieved for the the yellow gold Patek Philippe ref. 1518 chronograph with perpetual calendar [lot 362] that sold for an astounding $282,000; as well as the yellow gold Patek Philippe ref. 3448 retailed by Howes [lot 361] which realized $103,200. Moreover, modern Patek Philippe wristwatches also continue to attract worldwide attention by collectors; the Patek Philippe ref. 5970 [lot 348] as well as the Patek Philippe ref. 3970 [lot 359] each achieved an outstanding $126,000. Also, the Patek Philippe ref. T150 [lot 346], another complicated modern watch, brought a remarkable $54,000.
“Timepieces that have been handed down through several generations and fresh to the market watches continue to generate strong interest among collectors worldwide as confirmed by the results for the Patek Philippe ref. 3448 and ref. 1518 in today’s sale,” said Julien Schaerer, Watch Director & Auctioneer, Antiquorum USA.
Richard Mille also did exceptionally well in the sale with the RM 002 in white gold [lot 118] selling for a fantastic $ 102,000 as well as the RM 006 in titanium [lot 119] achieving an outstanding $ 106,800.
Rolex achieved excellent results with the Rolex ref. 1680 Red Submariner retailed by Tiffany [lot 287] that attained an impressive $ 26,400 as well as the Rolex ref. 16660 Comex Sea Dweller [lot 301] which obtained a significant sum of $50,400. Furthermore, the Rolex ref. 6034 [lot 53] that previously belonged to legendary mechanic and race car driver Leroy Neumayer sold for a noteworthy $31,200.
The Heuer Monaco [lot 148] worn by Sammy Davis Jr. in Vietnam in 1972 stirred tremendous excitement in the auction room. After several minutes of highly competitive bidding, the unique and historically interesting timepiece sold for $ 21,600, over three times its high estimate.
“Watches from world renowned personalities continue to be in great demand by collectors, “said Charles Tearle, Director & Watch Expert, Antiquorum USA. “We were delighted by the result for Sammy Davis Jr.’s Heuer Monaco which sold for an incredible $ 21, 600 in today’s sale.”
Other brands also realized excellent results in the June auction; the Breguet Perpetual Calendar [lot 284] sold for $ 132,000 while the Vacheron Quai de L’ile [lot 116] attained $ 28,800. Finally, Omega achieved $ 22,800 for its Broad Arrow [lot 23].
Antiquorum looks forward to our final auction of the season on June 26th in Hong Kong which will feature an exceptional selection of important modern Patek Philippe timepieces.
The “Top Lots” for Antiquorum’s June 10th auction are as follows:
Patek Philippe Ref. 5104 - Platinum - Minute Repeater - Perpetual Retrograde Calendar Skeletonized Dial Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 5104P. Sold in 2008. Extremely fine, rare and important, minute-repeating, astronomic, self-winding, platinum wristwatch with perpetual calendar, retrograde date, moon phases, leap year indication and a platinum Patek Philippe buckle.
SOLD 576,000 USD
Audemars Piguet Platinum Skeletonized Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph Audemars Piguet, Genève, Jules Audemars, Made in 2009. Extremely fine and very rare, large, platinum, skeletonized, minute-repeating, wristwatch with visible one-minute tourbillon regulator, round button chronograph, 30 minute register and a platinum Audemars Piguet deployant clasp.
SOLD 300,000 USD
Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 - Perpetual Calendar - Chronograph Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 1518. Made in 1946, sold January 10th, 1947. Very fine and very rare, astronomic, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with perpetual calendar, moon phases, square button chronograph, register, tachometer and an 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle.
SOLD 282,000 USD
Breguet - perpetual calendar - repeater Breguet, Ref. 5447. Made circa 2006. Extremely fine and rare, astronomic, minute-repeating, platinum wristwatch with perpetual calendar, retrograde months, phases and age of the moon and a platinum deployant clasp.
SOLD 132,000 USD
Patek Philippe White Gold Ref. 5970 Patek Philippe, Geneve, movement Ref. 5970G. Made in 2007. Very fine, astronomic, water-resistant, 18K white gold wristwatch with square button chronograph, register, perpetual calendar, moon phases, tachometer, sapphire crystal back and an 18K white gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp.
SOLD 126,000 USD
Patek Philippe Ref. 3970 - Platinum – Black Diamond-set dial & Spare 5004 Silver Dial Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 3970 EP. Made in 2001, sold April 12th, 2002. Very fine and important, water-resistant, platinum wristwatch with round button chronograph, register, perpetual calendar, moon phases, leap year, 24-hour indication and a platinum Patek Philippe deployant clasp.
SOLD 126,000 USD
Richard Mille - Titanium – Tourbillon Carbon Fiber Movement Plate Richard Mille, “Tourbillon RM 006” No. 05 / 20. Made in a limited edition of only 20 pieces in 2003. Very fine, very rare and unusual, tonneau-shaped and curved, titanium wristwatch with visible one-minute tourbillon regulator and a titanium Richard Mille buckle.
SOLD 106,800 USD
Patek Philippe - Ref. 3448 - Retailed by Howes Jewelers Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 3448. Made in 1977, sold on October 18th, 1978. Very fine and very rare, self-winding, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with perpetual calendar, moon phases and an 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle.
SOLD 103,200 USD
Richard Mille White Gold Tourbillon Richard Mille, “Tourbillon RM 002” No. 62. Production of this reference started in 2001. Very fine, and unusual, tonneau-shaped and curved, 18K white gold wrist-watch with visible one-minute tourbillon regulator, torque indicator, 70 hour power reserve and an 18K white gold Richard Mille buckle.
SOLD 102,000 USD
Panerai – Rolex - Marina Militare - Brevettato Panerai “Officine Brevettato," Ref. 6152. Made in the early 1950s. Very fine and very rare, cushion-shaped, large, water-resistant, stainless steel, military diver’s wristwatch with a stainless steel Panerai buckle.
SOLD 74,400 USD