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.
The three lots were the Pilot Aéronaval Sapphire, produced in 2007 in a limited edition of 150 pieces, and two BR03 Aviation Type timepieces, one in steel, the other in carbon. The latter two were released in 2009, with each version limited to 250 pieces. These special models were produced at the request of the French Naval Aviation Force and the French Air Force, with each timepiece displaying the emblem of its respective unit. As these piece were not offered to the general public but were available exclusively to members of these elite forces, the three watches generated much interest on the auction floor, selling well above their original prices, demonstrating strong interest in Bell & Ross watches among enthusiasts and military collectors.
The auction selling prices are set out below, along with the percentage increase the auction prices represent compared with the original prices.
- BR03 Aviation Type Black Carbon finish €4,800 +308%
- BR03 Aviation Type Steel finish €4,300 +245%
- Pilot Aéronavale Sapphire €6,100 +363%