490 internet bidders joined an SRO crowd in the auction room at Antiquorum’s New York sale on September 17, and in the end two Patek Philippe references took top honors, bringing world record prices. The sale of 414 rare and important timepieces generated $9,214,074, representing 85% sold by lot and 133% sold by value. Breguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Blancpain, Cartier, and Seiko also made strong showings.
Bidding for the Matsuda Collection of extraordinary Patek Philippe references was especially spirited. Lot 413, a Patek Ref. 5016 in platinum, brought the top price of the evening at $780,000 – a world record for that reference. Just behind it, Lot 414, a platinum Patek Ref. 3939, was hammered down at $684,000 – another world record. Lot 412, a platinum Patek Ref. 5013, achieved $564,000. The stunning Breguet Sympathique No. 2. astronomic clock and tourbillon watch set produced in 1996 also sold for $564,000. Other notable sales included a Patek Philippe Ref. 2499/100 in yellow gold at $396,000, a Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication No. 28/30 brought $324,000, and a Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon No. 1 achieved $312,000. Cartier’s Platinum Tortue XL Tourbillon Chronograph Monopoussoir Ref. 2759 achieved $186,000.
Leaving the stratosphere, an Omega steel chronograph produced in 1942, lot 281, sold for $36,000 while an Omega Speedmaster, lot 288, attained $ 45,600. Seiko made a strong showing with the sale with its GMT Spring Drive Spacewalk. This extraordinary watch was produced in a limited edition of 6 pieces especially for the 12 day ISS mission “Soyuz TMA-13.” This watch, worn by private space explorer Richard Garriott, sold for an impressive $45,600.
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This Patek Philippe Ref. 5016 brought a world record $780,000
This Breguet Sympathique set sold for $564,000