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8 Celebrity-Owned Watches That Rocked the Auction Block

Elvis Presley's Omega Constellation

Few factors can increases the value of a vintage watch quite like its once having belonged to a celebrity. Whenever a watch owned by a famous or historic figure goes on the block at auction houses like Antiquorum and Christie's, bidding can be expected to go well beyond the estimated value. Below we look at notable "celebrity" watches, once owned by iconic entertainment and sports stars, sold at auction within the past few years. … [Read more...]


10 Things to Know About Rolex

10 Things to Know About Rolex

Rolex is the world’s most widely recognized luxury watch brand. That global recognition is the product of decades of success in a range of fields, from early timekeeping records to a string of important firsts, not to mention film appearances and associations with James Bond, Paul Newman, and other notables. Here are 10 key things you should know about Rolex. … [Read more...]


The Top 5 Highlights from Auctionata’s Modern and Vintage Watch Auction

Patek Philippe Ref. 3970EP

Berlin-based Auctionata, the global leader in online sales of fine art, antiques, and luxury collectibles — and recently a player in the niche world of watch auctions — hosted a successful live-stream auction of "Modern and Vintage Timepieces" on January 31, which featured watches from numerous brands at a wide range of price points. Scroll down to see the top lots. … [Read more...]


The Watches of James Bond

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He doesn’t just have a license to kill; he also has a license to tell time. Bond’s creator Ian Fleming made sure to give the world’s most famous secret agent a wristwatch in his novels. In the eleventh volume (there are a total of 14 original editions), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which was published in 1963, Fleming offers the reader a very precise description of this watch. James sees a “heavy Rolex Oyster Perpetual on a metal watch bracelet as he awakes in the middle of the … [Read more...]


Pure & Simple: Patek Philippe Calatrava vs. Lange Saxonia

Patek Philippe Calatrava and A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia

Two plain-faced beauties, the Patek Philippe Calatrava and A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia, go head to head in this comparison test originally published in our April 2008 issue. Jens Koch gets in depth with the two timepieces and Nik Schölzel provides the gorgeous original photography. … [Read more...]


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

Breguet No. 1766 pocketwatch

Montres Breguet added to its private collection of historically significant watches, when brand president and CEO Marc A. Hayek acquired two important lots at a Christie's Geneva auction last year: 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...]


Update: Patek Philippe’s Henry Graves Watch Sells for $24 Million at Sotheby’s

Patek Philippe Henry Graves watch

The world's most expensive watch ever sold at auction retained that lofty title at a Sotheby’s auction on November 11, which coincided with the 175th anniversary celebration of its maker, Patek Philippe. … [Read more...]


Philippe Cousteau’s Rolex Sea-Dweller Sells for $183,750 at Antiquorum Auction

Cousteau Rolex Sea Dweller Auction

Antiquorum’s fall auction in New York generated an impressive $3,679,437 in sales. The top lots included a Patek Philippe minute repeater, two Patek ref. 5004s, and Philippe Cousteau’s Rolex "double-red" Sea-Dweller, ref. 1665. Let’s take a look at the top 10 sellers. … [Read more...]


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

Patek Philippe Ref. 5004

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...]


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...]


Around the Web: Babe Ruth’s Watch, Erotic Timepieces in Demand, CIA Watches, and More

Babe Ruth Pocketwatch

Welcome to this week’s installment of “Around the Web”. As always, WatchTime social media maven Alan Loren updates watch aficionados with what we thought were some of the most interesting watch-related stories and news tidbits of the past weeks, culled from the websites of your favorite brands as well as popular watch blogs and other media. Here’s what caught our  eye this week. … [Read more...]


The 10 Top Watches From Christie’s December Watch Auction

Rolex Padellone

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

Patek Philippe - Only Watch 2013

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

Jean Michel Cousteau diving with Doxa watch

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...]


James Dean’s Elgin Pocketwatch Sells for $42,000 at Auction

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James Dean's lucky pocketwatch was one of the main attractions at Antiquorum's June 22nd Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces auction held in Hong Kong. … [Read more...]


Antiquorum Auctions James Dean’s Lucky Pocketwatch

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At its upcoming June 22nd auction of “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” in Hong Kong, Antiquorum will be auctioning a prized possession and lucky charm of legendary actor James Dean, a pocketwatch made by American watchmaker Standard USA with an American-made Elgin movement. … [Read more...]


Christie’s to Auction Historic Patek Philippe Grand Complication

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At the Important Watches auction on June 11, Christie's will be auctioning the historically significant Stephen S. Palmer Patek Philippe Grand Complication No. 97912. … [Read more...]


Antiquorum April Auction Results

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Last week we reported on Antiquorum's auction of "Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces," held on April 10th in New York City. Today, we have the results of the auction, which featured watches with ties to celebrities and famous athletes. … [Read more...]


Louis Moinet: Rewriting Chronograph History

Louis Moinet 1815 Chronograph - front

The Swiss watch brand Louis Moinet has unveiled an artifact that may change how we look at the history of timekeeping — a timekeeping device from the early 19th century, invented by the brand's namesake, that may be the first chronograph ever created. … [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...]