by Kyle Stults on July 25, 2014
This Rolex Daytona Ref 6263, with ‘Paul Newman’ dial and wonderfully aged dial (“tropical dial” “coffee dial”), was sold by Artcurial earlier this week for 336,600 Euros (about $450,000 US at current f/x). Gorgeous watch & a perfect acquisition for a rabid Rolex collector with money to burn. More details (French & English) here.
by Kyle Stults on June 25, 2014
This Rolex Ref 6034, a “pre-Daytona” chronograph in pink gold, was once owned by legendary musician — and watch collector — Eric Clapton. And it will hit the auction block just 3 days from now, in Auctionata’s “Patek Philippe and Rolex Only” online sale. I wrote a short review of this Rolex 6034 watch for Bob’s Watches, you can read it here>>>
by Kyle Stults on June 12, 2014
Sotheby’s New York “Important Watches” sale earlier this week (June 10th) was led by a piece of watchmaking history: Patek Philippe’s First Split-Seconds Chronograph Wristwatch, which was started in 1903 and completed and sold on 13 October 1923. It sold to a Swiss museum at a price of $2,965,000 – more than double its $1.2 million high estimate. This price is just shy of Sotheby’s top result ever for a wristwatch — The Henry Graves, Jr. Yellow Gold Minute Repeating Wristwatch by Patek Philippe that sold for $2,994,500 in 2012.
by Kyle Stults on May 22, 2014
At Sotheby’s auction “Important Watches”, held in Geneva on 14th May 2014, the all-time record for sale of a Panerai watch was set. An extremely rare example of a stainless steel Luminor from 1955 was acquired by a Panerai enthusiast who bid the record sum of CHF 425,000 (approx. $478,000 / €348,000). This extremely rare and historical reference 6152/1 — distinguished by its transparent, removable polycarbonate bezel and Rolex caliber 618 — was unknown until recently when it was rediscovered by scholars and especially through the research of Dino Zei, ex -Chairman of Panerai SPA, before the Florence based company was bought by the Richemont Group. It was owned by descendants of an accomplished Italian Navy Admiral.