Bring a Loupe: Highlights Of Next Week's New York Auctions –

June 23, 2021
Bring a Loupe: Highlights Of Next Week's New York Auctions -

This coming week includes various closeouts in New York (in addition to one in London) so I figured I would compile the features in a solitary article, while additionally banner a few bunches of worry with the expectation that it will help bidders and furthermore urge the sale houses to up their games. Here are chosen watches from Auctionata, Bonhams (New York), Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonhams (London), and Antiquorum.

Sunday, December 7: Auctionata in New York

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This coming week includes various closeouts in New York (in addition to one in London) so I figured I would compile the features in a solitary article, while additionally banner a few bunches of worry with the expectation that it will help bidders and furthermore urge the sale houses to up their games. Here are chosen watches from Auctionata, Bonhams (New York), Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonhams (London), and Antiquorum.

Sunday, December 7: Auctionata in New York

This Sunday is another Auctionata deal in New York. The last one was quite engaging, most definitely. It was suggestive of a QVC set and highlighted a vivified salesperson, who as opposed to saying “Datejust” said “Da-joo” on various events, and furthermore discussed how antique women’s pocket watches are coming back and were something major at the current year’s New York Fashion Week (I should not have been focusing). My wife, who generally isn’t as engaged by a long stretch of time of salespeople getting down on numbers, was even captivated by the whole undertaking and wondering what would occur straightaway. When I tuned in, there were 59 enlisted bidders and 103 parts. I just wish I had an account of it – would be the extraordinary reason for a watch adaptation of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

So, after what I think could be depicted as a not exactly fruitful green bean trip, Auctionata is back for another attempt and has intelligently moved the time before to accommodate its center German customer base. The sale begins around early afternoon and you can see the full inventory here .


Bulova “Stars and Stripes” Chronograph

One of my number one pieces is this Bulova “Stars and Stripes” chronograph. I originally wrote about it back in 2010 on HODINKEE and have not seen numerous from that point forward. The hour register hand seems to have been supplanted with a slim red stick hand, yet I especially love the firework-style focal hour and moment hands and still love the watch generally. This is simply such a unique chronograph in its value range and an uncommon sight. It has an initial offered of $900 and assessed estimation of $1,800 .

Bidder Beware:

Tiffany Chronograph

I actually question this watch was at any point sold by Tiffany & Company. It is a plated case, has what was one of, if not the, most cheap chronograph developments of that time, and the development likewise turns out to be unsigned. While the dial might be unique, I would envision either the “Tiffany” was added later, or my essential hypothesis is that somebody was attempting to parody Tiffany & Co. once upon a time and left off the “& Co.” to keep away from lawsuit. It might have as much to do with Tiffany & Co. as Georgetown College of Kentucky has to do with Georgetown University of DC, Columbia College of Chicago has to do with Columbia University of New York or Cornell College of Iowa has to do with Cornell University of Ithaca, New York. Regardless, I accept this ought to be close to a few hundred dollar watch on eBay, not a watch with a recorded gauge of $4,000 . [NOTE: Auctionata has reached me to disclose to me that they have withdrawn this watch from the deal. Great on them.]

Monday, December 8: Bonhams in New York

Jessica Benhaim, in the past of Christie’s, has amassed a decent deal for Bonhams in New York. The deal is hefty on pocket watches, however there are likewise a few decent wristwatches in the deal. You can see the full index here .


Audemars Piguet Skeleton

This Audemars Piguet skeleton watch made them do a twofold take. When browsing through sale inventories, you just once in a while see vintage, pre-1970s skeleton wristwatches – by far most have been made post-1980s. This additionally turns out to be in white gold and has the first box and papers. It is little – 30 mm as per the posting – yet shocking nonetheless and could likewise be an extraordinary watch for a woman. The etching on the back states “J.M.H. 50th THANKS” and Audemars Piguet affirmed that the watch was made in 1963 and sold in 1964. It has a gauge of $4,000 to $6,000 .

IWC Portuguese

I love vintage IWC Portuguese watches – simply such an incredible history with them and they are not common finds. This one has some wear and the crown peers crazy standing out (as I wonder if the stem was supplanted at a mistaken length), yet it is only an excellent example with unique dial and what has all the earmarks of being an unpolished case. I simply love the general look of this piece  and it is a genuine survivor. This 42 mm piece has the enormous type 98 inside and it is assessed that under 375 Portuguese watches were made with this development between 1936 and 1946. This has a gauge of $20,000 to $30,000 .

Bidder Beware

Heuer Autavia

This 1960s Autavia appears to be in acceptable condition, however I accept somebody wanted to genuinely make this much more like a reference 6263 Rolex Daytona by putting on screwdown chronograph pushers (luckily the condition report noticed this) and that the dial has additionally been re-lumed (the lume is seeping over onto the markers). I figure the crown may have been supplanted, as well. This has a gauge of $2,000 to $3,000 .

Tuesday, December 9: Christie's in New York

Christie’s has a blend of watches, including some incredible vintage pieces from Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin – not simply the standard Patek Philippe and Rolex passage. You can go to the virtual index or online postings here . Simply watch out for this springbar , you’ll shoot your eye out, kid!


Rolex With Cloisonné Enamel Dial Reference 6101

This 33.5 mm watch with an exceptionally charismatic cloisonné polish dial of the Americas by one of the incredible veneer craftsmen of the time frame is strikingly well-safeguarded and is in any event, being entrusted by the first owner. Why is it in such extraordinary condition?

According to Christie’s, “It was purchased at the celebrated jewelers, Bucherer in Lucerne Switzerland for the owner, who was then 15, while he and his family traveled in Europe in 1953. The watch has stayed in his ownership every one of these years. Following an early occurrence in secondary school, in which the watch was compared to a Mickey Mouse watch, the humiliated youthful owner quit wearing the watch, and put it in a fired container for safety’s sake, where it has stayed until now.” So while the criticism of a companion may have been horrendous at that point, in any event it prompted the protection of this watch. I would expect that the end-product should make the owner exceptionally cheerful and it was a worthwhile get-away gift for a 15-year-old. It has a gauge of $200,000 to $400,000 .

Harry Winston Opus 3

To truly comprehend the Opus 3, you should peruse this piece by Steve Hallock . It is simply wonderful that Harry Winston and others had the steadiness to own this piece to creation following seven years of exertion. This turns out to be number 20 of 25 made in pink gold. It has a gauge of $120,000 to $150,000 .

Patek Philippe Early Wristwatch

This early Patek wristwatch from 1919 and sold in 1921 appears to be a genuine Jazz Age piece. Wouldn’t you be able to see Jay Gatsby wearing something like this? The detonating numerals are simply awesome and the enormous size really makes it entirely wearable in a contemporary way. It has a gauge of $50,000 to $70,000 .

Audemars Piguet Chronograph

Vintage Audemars Piguet chronographs are not common in light of the fact that very few were made. I especially love the two-tone dial on this one from ca. 1938 just as the huge 12 and 6. The case and dial simply look mint and it is suggestive of another Audemars Piguet chronograph from 1938 I wrote several years back . It is noteworthy that just around 400 AP watches were made in 1938. This one has a gauge of $15,000 to $20,000 .

Bidder Beware

Omega Chronograph Reference 2077-2

Unfortunately, I accept this Omega chronograph has been re-dialed. Check out my red markings on the photograph below to see the way the track touches the registers unevenly just as the low quality and lopsided OMEGA text.

It has a gauge of $8,000 to $12,000 .

Wednesday, December 10: Sotheby's in New York

Hot off the offer of the Graves Supercomplication , Sotheby’s has a New York deal coming up with various more contemporary pieces, in addition to some vintage pieces, as well. You can see the full inventory here .


Patek Philippe Limited Edition Reference 5396G

This Patek was made for the fifth commemoration of the Patek boutique inside Tiffany. I have now seen it alluded to as the John Mayer Patek on a few events via web-based media in light of his review of the piece here . Just 100 were made and they have once in a while come available to be purchased. It has a gauge of $50,000 to $70,000 .

Patek Philippe Possibly Unique Highly Complicated Pocket Watch Reference 658

This is one extraordinary and compelling 1937 pocket watch: a yellow-gold, open-confronted never-ending schedule split-seconds chronograph, minute-rehashing watch with moonphase and dark dial. Strangely, the case, dial and development are marked E. Gübelin, yet it has Patek sequential numbers.

Furthermore, this definite piece was highlighted in two Patek Philippe notices from that time. It is simply staggering and exceptionally bizarre to see such a profoundly complicated piece with a dark dial. It has a gauge of $200,000 to $400,000 .

Bidder Beware

LeCoultre Polaris

The Polaris here appears to be amazing and in unpolished condition with the uncommon 22 mm J.B. Champion wristband that went ahead the 1968 LeCoultre Polaris (LeCoultre was for the American market). However, simply a note that the crate is by all accounts a few years newer than the watch. The HPG developments were presented somewhat later than 1968 and it appears to be improbable this watch accompanied this container. It is acknowledged that it ought to have a comparative box in green and without the HPG and related content on the inward top of the case. It has a gauge of $10,000 to $15,000 .

At least this container is genuinely close in age to the watch – a month ago Antiquorum sold a brown dial 1930s LeCoultre Reverso with a LeCoultre green box in any event 30 years newer than the watch. Also, at any rate this seems, by all accounts, to be a true Polaris – Sotheby’s sold what I firmly accept was a phony Polaris (counterfeit dial and case with a Memovox development taken from another watch) last May in Geneva and afterward re-recorded it and sold it again in November in Geneva . Their watch division didn’t react to my messages warning them about it at that point, which was disappointing.

Wednesday, December 10: Bonhams in London

Hot closely following its New York deal on Monday, Bonhams is facilitating a deal in London on Wednesday. This is extraordinary compared to other Bonhams deals I have seen as of late, with a wide scope of watches from a complicated Patek minute repeater to incredible pieces that are more available. You can see the full list here .


Omega “The Frozen North III” Speedmaster

In my view, no cooler Omega is coming available to be purchased one week from now than this Omega Speedmaster model “The Frozen North III” watch. As per the Extract of the Archives from Omega, 56 bits of this sort were delivered for NASA in 1978 under the title “Gold country III.” The case was made in the U.S. by Star Watch Company and the fundamental distinction with the dial is the spiral numbers in the registers. I wonder if the case was made in the U.S. to attempt to engage U.S. Government guidelines and arrangements empowering homegrown made items.

This specific watch was utilized and owned by Reinhard Furrer up until his demise in 1995. Furrer was a German Spacelab space traveler on board the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1985. Despite the fact that he wore a Sinn 140 while in space, it is accounted for that this specific watch was additionally utilized in space, however its specific conditions being worn in space are as of now unknown. The watch surfaced a little more than two years prior at Fratellowatches and had a really beat-up precious stone that has since been switched. It has a gauge of $31,000 to $47,000 .

Breitling “F.I.G.C.” Chronograph

This chronograph has an awesome look, yet would you expect anything less for the 1950s Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio, or Italian Football Foundation? These watches were apparently given to winners of F.I.G.C. matches. It has a gauge of $2,800 to $3,500 .

Abercrombie & Fitch Seafarer

The reference 2443 Seafarer is one of my top picks – it is 38 mm and with the 20 mm haul width simply wears very pleasantly. For those of you new to this watch, the Seafarer was made by Heuer for Abercrombie in New York. It is a chronograph that additionally ends up having a register for following the tides and moonphase as a feature of the Solunar hypothesis, which hypothesized that following the development of the moon would allow for deciding ideal occasions for chasing and fishing. This one looks especially mint – the case looks awesome and sharp. The dial has amazing maturing and patina – in general it is one of the most delightful vintage Seafarers of that reference I have seen. This has a gauge of $3,100 to $4,700 .

Vacheron Constantin For Libyan Market And Muammar Gaddafi

This is simply such a surprising Vacheron I needed to incorporate it. The Arabic supposedly says, “The house has a place with its owner,” a reference to Gaddafi’s Little Green Book, if the green box and green dial weren’t a sufficient reference point. It positively is an uncommon watch. This has a gauge of $6,300 to $7,800 .

Bidder Beware

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris

Although I love the Polaris, this is kind of a peculiar combination piece that worries me, in spite of the fact that Bonhams was acceptable to make reference to this in their portrayal. The internal bezel without the lume on the triangle unmistakably proposes it is a 1965 piece, while within the case back affirms it is a 1965 case with a 9-65 etching (and the outside of the case back is in harsh condition with a profound etching – most if not the entirety of the 1965 Polarizes initially had strong plated case backs with no reverberation openings and the plating frequently wore off uncovering metal under – large numbers of these unique case backs have been supplanted or revamped). However, the dial is obviously important for the 1967/1968 run and the development, with a 2.2 million sequential, is additionally plainly late. In the event that I was keen on this watch, I would unquestionably want to make good the assets for an Extract from Jaeger-LeCoultre to ensure that the development does without a doubt relate with a Polaris reference E 859 and not an alternate Memovox reference. This has a gauge of $16,000 to $24,000 .

Thursday, December 11: Antiquorum in New York

Antiquorum covers off the significant watch barters for the year. Here two or three features. I selected to exclude the Omega Seamaster supposedly some time ago owned by Elvis Presley as I don’t think that its an especially fascinating watch. You can see the full inventory and virtual index by means of here .


Longines Chronograph Reference 7981-1

This is kind of a “major eye” Longines with a bigger moment register than second register. It was intended to kind of being a plunging and sportier chronograph. I truly love this reference – the flyback type 30CH development inside, the red bezel, the red line of sight on the dial, the white tachy track and more obscure dial, bigger case size, feuille (or “leaf”) minute register hand, and the more extended slim lume plots. It is only a cool, misjudged watch. It has a gauge of $4,500 to $6,500 .

Patek Philippe Reference 1463

For a devotee of history, this Patek 1463 chronograph is a perfect piece, especially in the event that you are keen on U.S. governmental issues. It was initially given by then-New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller to a confided in long-term companion, associate, and guidance Roswell B. Perkins in 1959 after the finish of the administrative meeting, which was Rockefeller’s first as the state leader. The etching on the back features the length of the administrative meeting time frame. Rockefeller kept on filling in as Governor of New York until 1973 and he at that point became Vice President to Gerald Ford in 1974.

You can tell Perkins wore and delighted in this watch – the case has all the earmarks of being really beat up and cleaned. As I would see it, from a gathering perspective, cases are the new dials (you can quote me on that), and watches with vigorously cleaned cases will appreciate definitely more slowly than those that have gotten away from the feared cleaning wheels throughout the long term. Luckily, the dial with Breguet numerals actually gives off an impression of being unique and in great condition. This has a gauge of $150,000 to $200,000 .

Bidder Beware

Longines Chronograph

I would energize anybody investigating this watch to request extra photos (counting of the inward case back, external case back, and development) just as development and case chronic numbers – and check with Longines about those numbers. I accept the dial was as of late revamped or made, as I have never seen another Longines like this from that period, so I question the whole watch, similarly as I question a comparable dark dial LeCoultre chronograph sold by Antiquorum a month ago (and another LeCoultre chronograph in a similar closeout ). The reference number that Antiquorum alloted to this in the depiction (7981/1) is related with the Longines I highlighted above and obviously looks not at all like it, so if it’s not too much trouble, be cautious. It’s a fight out there. This has a gauge of $2,200 to $3,200 .

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