If young men’s fancies turn to thoughts of love in the spring, fall brings out watch lust in horological nerds everywhere. That’s because Christies, Antiquorum, Sotheby’s, and Phillips are each holding auctions of important watches ('important' is a code word for 'old and expensive').
Obviously, numerous brands are represented. Just as obviously, two “money brands” tend to dominate: Patek Philippe and Rolex. And because we at Everest are oriented toward Rolex, let’s take a look at some examples from the Crown that will be going under the gavel.
Antiquorum has 32 Rolex lots in its Hong Kong sale on October 25th. Notable among them are a 1940s yellow gold deck watch, a yellow gold Rolex Perpetual from around 1950, and a meters first Submariner ref. 5512 dated to 1962.
Christie’s Important Watches sale in Geneva is on November 9, a day after the Antiquorum sale. This auction features 94 Rolex lots, including a steel Paul Newman Daytona ref. 6265, a yellow gold Daytona ref. 6263, and a steel Paul Newman Daytona ref. 6262. In fact, this sale has… er… numerous Newmans going on the block. Might be the place to get your panda itch scratched.
Christie’s follows the Geneva sale with Important Watches in Hong Kong on November 30 and Watches in New York on December 16.
Phillips, in association with Bacs & Russo, has their Geneva Watch Auction Two on November 7 & 8. Another 92 Rolex pieces are on the block there, including a reverse panda Paul Newman 6239, a COMEX Submariner 5513/5514, and two Stella Day-Dates in Caribbean blue – one in white gold and one in platinum.
If you really want to spend your hard earned dollars frivolously, you could make long weekend trips to Geneva in November and New York in December, and take in no less than six sales.
Or you could sit at your computer in your underwear, bidding online and coughing up a few hundred thousand dollars for a few nice pieces. You DO have a Black American Express card, don’t you?