Watch Auctions

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Patek Philippe’s Henry Graves Watch Goes Back on the Auction Block at Sotheby’s

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The world's most expensive watch ever sold at auction will be offered again this November at Sotheby’s in an auction that will coincide with the 175th anniversary celebration of its maker, Patek Philippe. … [Read more...]

The 5 Top Patek Philippe Watches in Antiquorum’s June Watch Auction

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Antiquorum's next "Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces" auction will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong on June 28. More than 532 watches will be on the block and highlighted, as per usual, by several important models from Patek Philippe. Here are the five Patek Philippe watches expected to draw the most attention (and, perhaps, the biggest bucks) at the auction. … [Read more...]

Two Vintage Breguet Pocketwatches Added to the Brand’s Collection of Historic Timepieces

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Montres Breguet added to its private collection of historically significant watches on Monday, May 12, 2014, when brand president and CEO Marc A. Hayek acquired two important lots at Christie's Geneva auction: the Breguet no. 4039, a half-quarter repeating watch with an off-centered hour dial and date indication, and the extremely rare Breguet Tourbillon no. 1176. … [Read more...]

7 Rare Watches at Antiquorum’s 40th Anniversary Auction

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Geneva-based Antiquorum Auctioneers turns 40 this year, and it is celebrating with an auction of “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces,” to be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, on Saturday, February 22. Among the highlights of the more than 250 timepieces on the block are a rare, steel Patek Philippe chronograph; a prototype Richard Mille tourbillon watch; and several vintage Rolexes. … [Read more...]

The 10 Top Watches From Christie’s December Watch Auction

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Christie's New York closed a very successful season of watch auctions on December 17, with a 365-lot auction of "Important Watches" that achieved a total of $12,926,175, including a new auction record for the highest-selling timepiece, a Rolex reference 8171 "Padellone" in steel. Here are the top 10 sellers in Christie's year-ending watch auction. … [Read more...]

A Record-Breaking Patek Philippe Highlights Top 5 Watches from Only Watch 2013

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The fifth edition of the biennial "Only Watch" auction took place over the weekend at the Hermitage Hotel in Monaco. When the final hammer fell, the auction of unique timepieces had raised 5,066,000 euros for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and a Patek Philippe Ref. 5004T fetched the highest price ever paid for a modern wristwatch at auction. … [Read more...]

Doxa Auctions Limited-Edition Divers’ Watches Worn By Jean-Michel Cousteau

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Doxa, the Swiss watch company that introduced the world to the first orange-dialed divers watch, is auctioning five limited-edition models of its Doxa Sub 1200T, each one personally worn by diving legend Jean-Michel Cousteau. Profits from the auctions, which began this week on eBay, will benefit Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society. … [Read more...]

Only Watch Auction 2013 Preview: 5 Unique Timepieces

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The fifth edition of Only Watch, the charity timepiece auction held biannually in Monaco, takes place on September 28, and news and photos of several of the one-of-a-kind watches to be auctioned off have started to be released, including models from Breguet, Harry Winston, Girard-Perregaux, Laurent Ferrier, and Piaget. … [Read more...]

Antiquorum’s May Auction: World Records for Two Rolex Daytona Paul Newman Watches

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Antiquorum’s “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” auction held on Sunday, May 12th at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva, headlined by a selection of vintage Rolex Daytona watches commemorating that model's 50th anniversary, and set two new world records, including the highest ever sale price for a Daytona at auction. … [Read more...]

Historic Celebrity Watches on the Block at Antiquorum’s April Auction

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Antiquorum Auctioneers' next “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” auction will be held April 10th in New York City. Among the many exceptional pieces offered for sale are several watches associated with celebrities from the worlds of sports and entertainment, including a rare Rolex owned by Charlie Chaplin and a Bulova owned by Joe DiMaggio. … [Read more...]

Rare James Bond and Paul Newman Rolexes Up for Auction at Antiquorum

Rolex Ref. 6421 Paul Newman Daytona in yellow gold

What do Paul Newman, James Bond, and Jean-Claude Killy have in common? In addition to being pop-culture icons, each is famously associated with a particular model of Rolex watch. And each of these models will be represented this week at Antiquorum's auction of vintage and modern timepieces. … [Read more...]

Records Fall at Antiquorum and Christie’s Watch Auctions in Geneva

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In early November, the watchmaking city of Geneva hosted two auctions of fine timepieces, held one day apart — one by Antiquorum and the other by Christie's — each of which achieved new records for watches at auction. Antiquorum boasted the highest price ever paid for a Rolex sports watch and a Patek Philippe sold at Christie's garnered the highest price ever paid for a non-complicated watch. … [Read more...]

Hublot Auctions 12 Unique King Power Watches Signed by Boxing Legends

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On Saturday night, Las Vegas's Bellagio Hotel and Casino  played host to an unprecedented gathering of legendary boxing champions, as they joined the World Boxing Council (WBC) and Swiss watch brand Hublot in auctioning off 12 unique Hublot timepieces to raise funds for boxing's less fortunate. … [Read more...]

Christie’s 2012 First-Half Results Shows Boost in Fine and Rare Watch Sales

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Much of the world's economy may still be in the doldrums, but the secondary market for fine timepieces appears to be in good health. Christie’s, the world’s leading auction house, recently reported a boost in global sales for fine, rare and unique watches. Pointing to rare timepieces as a sound investment, Christie’s posted a five percent increase in revenue from watch sales alone, topping off the first half of 2012 at $62.9 million.  … [Read more...]

Elvis Presley’s Omega Fetches King’s Ransom at Antiquorum Auction

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"Thank you, thank you very much!" That's what the folks at Antiquorum Auctioneers might be saying today to the private collector who acquired the showcase piece at this week's auction in New York, an Omega Constellation once owned by the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley. The watch sold for an astounding $52,500, five times its pre-sale estimate and a world record for that reference. … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s to Auction Rare Patek Philippes Owned by Henry Graves Family

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In December 1999, Sotheby’s made watch-auction history. The auction house sold the so-called Henry Graves Supercomplication — a pocketwatch originally commissioned from Patek Philippe by noted watch collector Henry Graves, Jr., and which featured 24 complications — for an astounding $11,002,500, still the world record for any timepiece at auction. Last week, Sotheby's announced that it will hold a single-owner sale on June 14, 2012 in New York that will include more rare watches from the … [Read more...]

Rare Patek Philippes on the Block at Antiquorum Auction in April

Vintage Patek Philippe Ref. 5050

Antiquorum Auctioneers will hold part one of its "Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces" auction at its U.S. headquarters, on Madison Avenue in New York City, on April 25. Included in the spring auction will be an exceptional lineup of collectible Patek Philippe wristwatches, including a Patek Philippe Ref. 3974 in platinum as well as a Patek Philippe Ref. 5013 in yellow gold. Click below for details and to see large images of some of the watches being offered. … [Read more...]

Breitling Launches Online Auction for “Flown” Limited Edition #1 Airwolf

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After spending 2011 traveling around the globe and into space with world-renowned aviators, Breitling’s Naval Centennial Limited Edition Airwolf timepiece No. 1 is being auctioned online to benefit the National Flight Academy (NFA). The auction ends at 5:00 p.m. EST on February 29, 2012. Find complete information and a link to the auction inside. … [Read more...]

Bell & Ross Sets Records at Paris Auction

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French auction house Artcurial recently held a sale of exceptional aeronautical objects. The auction, titled “Aeronautics, the Air and Space Conquest,” took place at the prestigious Hotel Dassault in Paris. Among the hundreds of items featured in the sale, aeronautic enthusiasts were pleased to discover three Bell & Ross watches, which sold well above their original retail prices. Find the sale results inside. … [Read more...]

Rare Jaeger-LeCoultre Timepieces Highlight Antiquorum’s February Hong Kong Sale

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On February 26 at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, Antiquorum will present 452 modern and vintage timepieces including a collection of rare and highly complicated Jaeger-LeCoultre watches and a Patek Philippe reference 3939 in pink gold. Previews will be held in Shanghai (2/14), Beijing (2/16), Singapore (2/19) and Hong Kong (2/23-25). Learn more about the top lots inside. … [Read more...]

Collection of 4,300+ Swatch Watches Sells for $6,650,000

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One of the most complete collections of Swatch watches in the world sold for HK$51,707,500 or nearly $6,650,000 in Hong Kong recently. Swiss businessman Peter Blum and his wife Linda assembled the collection over a period of years. The collection's 4363 pieces includes a large number of prototypes, hybrids and production variants never brought to market. … [Read more...]

Antiquorum’s December 7 Auction Has Something for Everyone

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Antiquorum will hold its Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces sale at its New York headquarters on December 7. Highlights of the sale include a Vacheron Constantin minute repeating perpetual calendar, a unique Parmigiani Bugatti Type 370, an IWC Grand Complication No. 50/50, an Urwerk Ref. 202P Special Edition, and a Patek Philippe Ref. 3970P. Find images and a video link inside. … [Read more...]

Patek Philippe and Rolex Highlight Antiquorum’s November 13 Geneva Auction

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The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva will host Antiquorum's "Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces" auction on November 13. The highlights include a recently discovered Patek Philippe quarter and special type five-minute repeating 24-hours in one revolution pocket watch and a Patek Philippe ref. 1518 in yellow gold. In all, 603 exceptional modern and vintage timepieces will be offered. Find details inside. … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s Autumn Sale Includes Unique Patek Philippe Reference 1518, Historical Rolexes, and Much More

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Sotheby’s autumn sale of Important Watches on Sunday November 13 in Geneva will be spearheaded by the “Clarin Mustad 1518” - a unique Patek Philippe reference 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph that is estimated to sell for between $890,000 and $1,330,000. The sale also includes two Rolex wristwatches that belonged to leaders of the post-World War II era. … [Read more...]

A. Lange & Söhne Achieves Record Prices at Auction

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A. Lange & Söhne achieved three record sales at Sotheby’s "Important Watches" auction, held on October 6 in Hong Kong. The top selling pieces included a rare set of two limited edition Grand Lange 1 “Luna Mundi” wristwatches, a limited edition 1815 Moonphase “Homage to F. A. Lange” in honey gold, and a Lange Zeitwerk. Find the sale prices and wallpaper inside. … [Read more...]

Only Watch 2011 Raises €4,563,000 to Support Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research

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The fourth edition of the biennial Only Watch Charity Auction was held at the Hotel Hermitage in Monaco on September 23, in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. The sale brought an outstanding €4,563,000, doubling the 2009 results. The auction room was full and the sale generated intense internet and telephone bidding from around the world. Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones attended to show his support for the cause. Find complete results and images of the top five lots inside. … [Read more...]

Only Watch USA Previews Just Days Away

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The U.S. previews of the unique pieces to be auctioned at Only Watch in Monaco later this month will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, September 9 at Westime Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, and during the same hours on Monday, September 12 at Antiquorum Auctioneers at 595 Madison Ave. in New York City. Find helpful links inside. … [Read more...]

Only Watch World Tour Runs August 30 – September 22

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On September 23, the Principality of Monaco will stage the world-famous Only Watch charity watch auction. Under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II, 40 unique timepieces will be sold by leading horological auction house Antiquorum. Leading up to the auction, the featured timepieces will be on tour, visiting many of the world's leading collecting capitals. … [Read more...]

F.P. Journe Donates Auction Proceeds to Help Provide Homes in Japan

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At Christie's Hong Kong sale in May, the first all-aluminium F.P. Journe Centigraphe Sport No 001 sold for an extraordinary US$465,170, close to ten times its original estimate. The sale was to raise funds to aid victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The donation ceremony took place on June 3 at the Swiss Embassy in Tokyo. … [Read more...]

Vacheron Constantin from the Packard Collection Brings $1.8 Million at Christie’s

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A Grand Complication pocket watch in 20-carat gold by Vacheron Constantin that belonged to famed collector James Ward Packard brought $1,800,000 at Christie’s New York auction. Bidders from around the world displayed keen interest, driving the price to an absolute record for Vacheron Constantin in the U.S. market. Packard was one of the first U.S. collectors to work directly with the Geneva-based watch manufacturer to build up a collection of unique timepieces. … [Read more...]