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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...]

7 Celebrity-Owned Watches That Rocked the Auction Block

Joe Dimaggio's Bulova Accutron

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 seven notable watches, once owned by iconic entertainment and sports stars, sold at recent … [Read more...]

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

Patek Philippe Ref. 1463

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...]

Eric Clapton’s Patek on the Block at Christie’s

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Last week, Christie's auction house held a press preview of jewels and other items from its upcoming auctions. One particular item that caught our eye was this Patek Philippe watch, a very rare Ref. 2499/100 from the personal collection of legendary guitarist Eric Clapton. Manufactured in 1987, the watch has a perpetual calendar, chronograph and moon-phase. Christie's expects this timepiece — … [Read more...]

“Skyfall” Omega Watch Auctioned for $254,273

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The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean worn by Daniel Craig in “Skyfall,” the latest in the James Bond franchise (celebrating its 50th anniversary this year), was sold for $254,273 at Christie's in London on Friday, October 5th, with all proceeds going towards Orbis, a non-profit organization that provides eye care in developing nations. This is the second highest price for a Bond watch, the highest … [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 … [Read more...]

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

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

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 … [Read more...]

Two Pateks Top $1 Million At Christie’s Hong Kong Sale

A Patek Philippe Ref. 2499R, 3rd Series, brought $1,210,466 at Christie's May 30 Hong Kong sale. The perpetual calendar chronograph with moon phases in pink gold was manufactured in 1971. A Skymoon tourbillon Ref. 5002P with twelve complications manufactured in 2008 brought $1,164,008. Both sales were within pre-sale estimates. … [Read more...]

Christie’s Achieves World Record Price for Any Rolex Sold at Auction

Rolex broke through the magic $1 million mark at Christie's Geneva auction held at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues where an oversized stainless steel split seconds chronograph wristwatch manufactured in 1942 sold for $1,163,340 including the buyer's premium. This is the all-time high price paid for any Rolex at auction. … [Read more...]

Christie’s 2010 Watch Sales Highest Ever at $91 Million

Christie’s wrapped up a record-breaking year for fine timepieces, realizing $91.2 million in total sales – the highest annual total ever for the the global auction house. Patek Philippe dominated the results, capturing each of the year's top 10 positions for wristwatch sales. In all, five Pateks sold for more than $1 million apiece. Look inside for images of the top sellers, and a list of … [Read more...]

Piaget Kanthara Brings $602,500 at Christie’s New York Sale

This stunning Piaget Kanthara brought a multiple of its pre-sale estimate at Christie's December 14 sale of fine collector timepieces in New York. Estimated at $200,000 to $300,000, lot 47 realized $602,500 when the hammer came down. Though nearly 400 lots followed, none exceeded the Piaget's sale price, making it the top piece of the evening. … [Read more...]

Pocket Watch Estimated at $40K-$60K Brings $242,500

When the hammer came down on lot 79 at Christie's December 14 New York auction, an unassuming Patek Philippe pocket watch with a pre-sale estimate of $40,000 to $60,000 had reached $242,500. The watch, manufactured in 1913, received a Geneva Observatory rating certificate in 1920 and was delivered to its American retailer in 1921. In 1925, it was purchased by American super-collector Henry Graves. … [Read more...]

Preview: Christie’s New York Top Lots

Christie's December 14 sale to be held at 20 Rockafeller Plaza in New York includes 424 lots, and the stars of the show in terms of pre-sale estimates are Patek Philippe, Breguet, and Piaget. Three pieces are estimated at $250,000 to $350,000: Patek Philippe references 2499/100 and 1462, and a platinum Breguet ref. 3857. A Piaget ladies Kanthara is estimated at $200,000 - $300,000. … [Read more...]

Patek Dominates Top Sellers at Christie’s Geneva Sale

Christie's November 15 Geneva sale generated an impressive SFr. 21,572,700, or a little over $22 million. The sale included “A Connoisseur’s Vision Part III”, which together with Parts I and II, represents the most important private Patek Philippe collection ever offered at auction, and the most expensive collection ever sold. Among the wristwatches sold in Geneva, Patek Philippe took the … [Read more...]

Preview: Christie’s Important Watches Geneva

On November 15 at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, Geneva, Christie's will present 387 lots, including "A Connoisseur’s Vision Part III", which together with Parts I and II, represent the most important private Patek Philippe collection ever offered at auction, and the most expensive collection ever sold. The star of this sale is an exceptionally rare 18K pink-gold, two-crown worldtime … [Read more...]

Auction Round-up: Historical Resurgence

The spring auction season has come to an end and in the horological collecting world as in the world at large, the flight to quality assets and the ascendance of Asia are dominant themes. As the price of gold climbs, so too do auction prices for the best pieces: rare Patek Philippe timepieces, especially vintage models - the gold ingots of the watch world, and unique, important historical pieces. … [Read more...]

Christie’s Geneva Sale Realizes Over $21 Million

Christie's Geneva sale of important watches generated an impressive $21,099,940, far exceeding the pre-sale high estimate of about $15.8 million. Nearly 370 watches were offered with 96% selling by value and by lot. The sale included "A Connoisseur's Vision, Part II", and along with the "Connoisseur's Vision Part I" group offered this past November, the two sales represent the most important … [Read more...]

Christie’s Auction Features Thomas Jefferson’s Watch Key

Christie's Americana Week sale takes place January 21-25 at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. The sale includes a unique watch key owned by Thomas Jefferson. The key contains a lock of his wife's hair and is inscribed "Martha W. Jefferson Born 19 Oct. 1748, Died 6 Sept. 1782." Jefferson, who never remarried, pledged to always remember his wife. It is believed that Jefferson commissioned this watch … [Read more...]

Christie’s Geneva Auction Achieves Over SFr. 19 Million

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Christie's November 16 Geneva auction set nine world record prices for Patek and Rolex references on the way to achieving the highest total for any watch auction in 2009: SFr. 19,032,388, or just under $19 million. This was nearly twice the pre-sale low estimate. The results reflected sales of 97% by value and 94% by lot. 900 bidders from 5 continents participated in the sale live, online and on … [Read more...]