In November this year in Geneva, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, will open the doors to the public for their Geneva Watch Auction event: EIGHT. Starting at 5pm with two evening sessions on 10th and 11th November 2018 at the Hotel la Reserve, this event will offer more than 220 lots of exceptional vintage watches. Highlights of this auction will be on display in New York (Phillips Office, 50 Park Avenue) from October 19 to 22, London (Phillips HQ Office, 30 Berkeley Square) from October 26 to 29, and finally Geneva (Hôtel La Réserve, Bellevue) from November 8 to 11.
The auction will unveil hundreds of rare and highly valued vintage and modern wrist watches from the prestigious watch houses like Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, A. Lange & Sohne, Heuer, Longines, IWC, Rolex, Omega etc. In addition, there will be a number of exclusive mechanical wristwatches manufactured by the contemporary makers such as De Bethune, Laurent Ferrier, Kari Voutilainen, Vianney Halter, F.P. Journe etc.
A major highlight of this upcoming auction is a collection of some historically important Rolex chronographs, from the early cushion-shaped examples made in the 1930s to the most sought after Oyster Cosmograph Daytonas of the 1960s.
The remarkable pieces among the Rolex vintage watches are a well-preserved example of a Rolex “Jean-Claude Killy” reference 6236 Dato-Compax in stainless steel and a historically important Rolex “Single-Red” Sea-Dweller prototype without helium valve, and a 1967 made stainless steel Cosmograph Daytona “Paul Newman” (Ref. 6239) belongs to Daphne Guinnes.
Another highlight of the auction is a full and complete set of Omega’s original “Holy Trilogy” composed of first generation “Broad Arrow” models including a Seamaster reference 2913-3, a Railmaster reference 2914-1, a Speedmaster reference 2915-1 and a Speedmaster reference 2915-2 – as well as a rare Ranchero reference 2990, also known as the “Fourth Musketeer”.
The three most important pieces among the Patek Philippe watches auctioning during this event are Split Seconds Reference 1436, a Single button Chronograph made in 1920s and a platinum version of the Reference 3974, one of the most important and most complicated Patek Philippe references created in the past 30 years.
The Reference 1436 is the first split seconds chronograph wristwatch that Patek Philippe ever produced in a series. Originally launched in 1938, the model was used as a “tool watch” to time horse or automobile racing, along with scientific experiments.
The Single-button chronograph auctioning during the event is one of the earliest Patek Philippe chronographs. This timepiece is also part of an extremely low production run of 27 single-button chronographs of which 16 had an officer case like the present model. The large double-hinged officer case houses a chronograph movement based on a Victorin Piguet ébauche featuring a column-wheel cover.
One of the highly complicated Patek Philippe watches made in modern era, the reference 3974 (Minute repeater watch with perpetual calendar and moon-phases) featuring the platinum case made by Jean-Pierre Hagmann, houses the celebrated mechanical caliber 27RQ. The reference 3974 was introduced in 1989 during 150th anniversary celebrations of the brand and Patek Philippe discontinued this reference in 2000, and very few examples were made over its 11-year production period.
In addition to above references, the auction will also feature some other complicated vintage models from Patek Philippe such as Ref. 3970E (yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon-phases), Ref. 1518 (yellow gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moonphases and bracelet), Ref. 3448 (yellow gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moonphases) and Ref. 1463 (stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with Breguet numerals).
Further, there is a large selection of military-issued watches from various makers, including watches made for pilots, divers and decorated veterans from the Italian, American, Peruvian, Argentinian, UAE, Pakistani, and Israeli armed forces.
Further highlights include three of the most in-demand contemporary watches: Rolex “Rainbow” Daytona reference 116595 RBOW in pink gold, Rolex ‘Pepsi Bezel’ GMT reference 126710 BLRO in stainless steel and a Patek Philippe reference 5711 in stainless steel with Tiffany-signed dial.
You can discover all watches featured in this auction by visiting: – https://www.phillips.com/auctions/auction/CH080218.