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

Cousteau Rolex Sea Dweller AuctionAntiquorum’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.

The top lot of the auction was this set of four Vacheron Constantin “Metiers D’Art” Masks timepieces. The set featured a pink gold case with Mexico mask, a white gold case with Gabon mask, a yellow gold case with a ritual Buddha Japan mask, and a platinum case with Papua New Guinea mask. This lot, number 223, sold for $603,750.

cousteau rolex auction top 10 results
This set of four Vacheron Constantin “Metiers D’Art” Masks was the top-selling lot.


The next three lots are collector favorites from Patek Philipe. Lot 117 is a ref. 3939 minute repeater in white gold with what was described in the catalog as a “possibly unique Breguet dial.” This watch was sold new in 2002, and at the auction, it brought $351,750. A second set of hands, and an additional enamel dial, accompanied this watch.

Patek minute repeater ref 3939
This Patek Philippe minute repeater was the top selling single-piece lot.


Lot 116, a platinum Patek Philippe ref. 5004P-033 with diamond dial, originally sold in 2009, brought $231,750. This reference features a split-seconds chronograph, perpetual calendar, moon phases, leap year, and 24 hour indication, and it was sold with both the sapphire crystal and solid casebacks.

Patek ref 5004 top 10 lots
This platinum Patek Philippe ref. 5004 brought more than $230,000.


Lot 115 is another Patek Philippe ref. 5004R, this one in pink gold and dating to the year 2000. Sold with two casebacks and its setting pin, this piece was hammered down at $219,750.

Patek Philippe ref. 5004 top 10 lots
For many collectors, the ref. 5004 is the quintessential vintage Patek Philippe.
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