The big sale at Christie’s auction house will offer on 12 may in Geneva (Switzerland) a selection of nearly 380 watches estimated between 15 and 25 million ‘two of the ten most important Patek Philippe’ and one ‘collection of 26 Rolex Submariner and Sea-Dweller from a European private collection ‘. Not to mention the other big names in watchmaking which will also be represented such as Breguet, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Cartier Omega.
Christie’s: two Patek Philippe of exception and a collection of Rolex Submariner and Sea-Dweller may 12
Says Aurel Bacs, Co-Director of the Department watches at Christie’s “Although most of the largest watches’s collections occur more in private hands and don’t appear that very rarely on the market, Christie’s is honoured to propose next May two masterpieces – unique models – the House Patek Philippe.” These watches will undoubtedly find a privileged place in the list of the ten most beautiful watches in the world.
Rediscovery of a masterpiece by Patek Philippe
Christie’s unveiled a previously unknown copy: a Patek Philippe Platinum reference 2497, dating from 1954.
So far, only one copy in the Platinum of the same model was known on the market. However, today a second example resurfaced. Entrusted by the family of the original owner, it will be on sale in Geneva for the first time since its acquisition in 1956.
This reference 2497 has been preserved in the best possible conditions for a watch at this time and shows no sign of recovery. Finally, it is equipped with a dial with Breguet numerals, unique money and until there ever seen on made by Patek Philippe wristwatches with perpetual calendar of this period.
All of its characteristics: case Platinum, perpetual calendar, exclusive dial and the novelty of such a model on the market, gives this watchmaking masterpiece “a unique status and makes this model an ideal candidate for the Hall of Fame most beautiful old wristwatches of Patek Philippe never views the market” provides Christie’s in its release.
Another reference in the history of wristwatches…
From a European private collection, the second Patek Philippe reference 1526, dating from 1949, is the only example ever created for this reference stainless steel.
«Patek Philippe was the first House to mass-produce a watch, in this case this reference, with calendar perpetual and available both in yellow gold pink “recalls Christie’s in its release. The dial, uniquely, features of Arabic numerals in relief and painted in black on silver background. Few watches by Patek Philippe are also mythical position with collectors.
26 Rolex Submariner and Sea-Dweller from a European private collection
On the occasion of the centenary of the House Rolex, Christie’s will offer also on sale at auctions one of the private collections which promises to be one of the “most complete Watches Rolex Submariner and Sea-Dweller, the older models dating back to the years 1953”.
Collected in twenty years by a knowledgeable and passionate connoisseur, these different models reflect the evolution and the development of new characteristics applied to these tools of diving. The collection is divided into three parts, distributed on three sessions at this sale (lot 21-28; lot 148 to 155 and lot 259, 261-269).
This selection tells the story of the House Rolex watchmaking design; the first model of diving, on the dial which was inscribed “Submariner”, reference 6204 which was presented to the public at the 1954 Basel watch fair (estimate: between 15,000 and 25,000 dollars) to the famous James Bond”Submariner 6538 reference model, worn by the latter in the movie Dr. No, manufactured in 1959 (estimate: between 40,000 and 60,000 dollars). Also note the extremely rare reference 5517 (in photo above), which is a version special of the Submariner, exclusively reserved to SBS (Royal Navy Special Boat Service) and commissioned on the orders of the English Department of Finance (estimate: between 40,000 and 60,000 dollars).
This collection also very beautiful examples, as the inevitable Sea-Dweller, part 1665, who inaugurated in 1967 the addition of an air discharge valve (helium escape valve) (estimate: between 8,000 and 12,000 dollars), or even 2003 anniversary model called “Rifle green” or «Green Bezel», reference 16610LV (estimate: between 4,000 and 6,000 dollars).
“Most of these watches are in excellent condition and still have their certificate