Sotheby’s May 10 Geneva sale brought a total of $3,077,240. The top selling lot was number 147, a Patek Philippe platinum split seconds chronograph, Ref. 5959P, which sold for $297,468 against a pre-sale estimate of $250,000 to $350,000. The sale was 74.8% sold by lot and 73.7 % by value.
In the antique watch section, a rare and historically significant gold, enamel and diamond presentation pocket watch with matching chain and fob, most probably made for King Ludwig II of Bavaria circa 1880, sold for $198,996, almost five times its pre-sale estimate of $27,000 to $44,000.
Other top sellers included a rare Cartier mystery clock made circa 1919 that sold for $258,079, and a Patek Philippe Ref. 3971J perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch that sold for $132,035. A stainless steel Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Paul Newman” Ref. 6239 made circa 1968 and a white gold Patek Philippe chronograph Ref. 5070 produced in 1999 each brought $51,288.
All selling prices include buyer’s premium.