Antiquorum Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces, Geneva Auction, 09 May 2021 – Results

The Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva auction of May 9th, 2021 achieved an outstanding CHF 10,358,555 (incl. buyer’s premium) and three world records.

Hosted at the historical Hotel Beau-Rivage Genève, the online auction ended in remarkable results (over CHF 10 million total) including three world records:

  • World record of a steel Lange 1 sold at auction (LOT 434 – A. Lange & Söhne, Lange 1 Ref. 101.026, Lange 1 Steel, sold for CHF 312,500. – incl. buyer’s premium).
  • World record for an Omega Chronomètre à Tourbillon in yellow gold (LOT 444 – Omega, Chronomètre à Tourbillon, yellow gold, sold for CHF 512,500. – incl. buyer’s premium).
  • World record for a steel Rolex Zerographe with white dial (LOT 292 – Rolex, Ref. 3346, Zerographe, steel, sold for CHF 225,000. – incl. buyer’s premium).

Top achievers

LOT 292: Rolex, Ref. 3346, Zerographe, Steel (Estimate: CHF 50,000 – 80,000/HKD 400,000 – 640,000/ USD 50,000 – 80,000): Sold for CHF 225,000. – including buyer’s premium (World Record for a steel Rolex Zerographe with white dial).

LOT 292: Rolex, Ref. 3346, Zerographe, Steel
LOT 292: Rolex, Ref. 3346, Zerographe, Steel

Even rarer than the reference 4113, which is considered the holy grail for collectors, Rolex Ref. 3346 Zerographe LOT 292 is the first ever Rolex Chronograph to feature an in-house movement: a 17-jewel, manual-wind Rolex caliber with a flyback stop-seconds function.

LOT 434: A. Lange & Söhne, Ref. 101.026, Lange 1 Steel, Full Set
LOT 434: A. Lange & Söhne, Ref. 101.026, Lange 1 Steel, Full Set

LOT 434: A. Lange & Söhne, Ref. 101.026, Lange 1 Steel, Full Set (Estimate: CHF 100,000 – 200,000/ HKD 800,000 – 1,600,000/ USD 100,000 – 200,000): Sold for CHF 312,500. – including buyer’s premium (World Record for a Lange 1 in steel sold at auction).

LOT 444: Omega, Chronometre A Tourbillon, Yellow Gold
LOT 444: Omega, Chronometre A Tourbillon, Yellow Gold

LOT 444: Omega, Chronometre A Tourbillon, Yellow Gold (Estimate: CHF 100,000 – 200,000/ HKD 800,000 – 1,600,000/ USD 100,000 – 200,000): Sold for CHF 512,500. – including buyer’s premium (World Record for an Omega Chronomètre à Tourbillon in Yellow Gold).

LOT 403: Rolex, Ref. 6611, Day-Date, Yellow Gold
LOT 403: Rolex, Ref. 6611, Day-Date, Yellow Gold

LOT 403: Rolex, Ref. 6611, Day-Date, Yellow Gold (Estimate: CHF 10,000 – 15,000/HKD 80,000 – 120,000/ USD 10,000 – 15,000): Sold for CHF 45,000. – including buyer’s premium.

Rolex, Ref. 8029, Oversize Center seconds, Serpico Y Laino Caseback
LOT 148: Rolex, Ref. 8029, Oversize Center seconds, Steel watch with Serpico Y Laino caseback

LOT 148: Rolex, Ref. 8029, Oversize Center seconds, Serpico Y Laino Caseback, Steel (Estimate: CHF 20,000 – 30,000/HKD 160,000 – 240,000/USD 20,000 – 30,000): Sold for CHF 52,500. – including buyer’s premium.

And as always, Rolex chronographs amass intense attention from collectors, and Antiquorum delivered a great selection on Sunday’s auction, including LOT 231, a rare yellow gold chronograph with “Monoblocco” black dial and yellow gold riveted bracelet.

Several Daytona models gathered great interest, including a Paul Newman in near mint condition (LOT 234), a steel Ref. 6262 which remains a favorite amongst specialized collectors for its rarity (LOT 155), a Ref. 16520 with black dial housing an El Primero movement (LOT 160), and a superb new old stock Ref. 116520 with “beige” dial, which had never been auctioned off before (LOT 410).

LOT 231: Rolex, Ref. 3525, Black Dial “Monoblocco”, Yellow Gold
LOT 231: Rolex, Ref. 3525, Black Dial “Monoblocco”, Yellow Gold

LOT 231: Rolex, Ref. 3525, Black Dial “Monoblocco”, Yellow Gold (Estimate: CHF 70,000 – 90,000/HKD 560,000 – 720,000/USD 70,000 – 90,000): Sold for CHF 150,000. – including buyer’s premium.

Rolex, Ref. 6264, Cosmograph Daytona, Paul Newman
LOT 234: Rolex, Ref. 6264, Cosmograph Daytona, Paul Newman, Steel

LOT 234: Rolex, Ref. 6264, Cosmograph Daytona, Paul Newman, Steel (Estimate: CHF 100,000 – 200,000/ HKD 800,000 – 1,600,000/ USD 100,000 – 200,000): Sold for CHF 212,500. – including buyer’s premium.

LOT 155: Rolex, Ref. 6262, Daytona, Steel
LOT 155: Rolex, Ref. 6262, Daytona, Steel

LOT 155: Rolex, Ref. 6262, Daytona, Steel (Estimate: CHF 30,000 – 60,000/HKD 240,000 – 480,000/ USD 30,000 – 60,000): Sold for: CHF 93,750. – (incl. buyer’s premium).

LOT 410: Rolex, Ref. 116520, Daytona “Beige Dial” New Old Stock Full Set
LOT 410: Rolex, Ref. 116520, Daytona “Beige Dial” New Old Stock Full Set

LOT 410: Rolex, Ref. 116520, Daytona “Beige Dial” New Old Stock Full Set – Very fine and extremely rare stainless steel, self-winding chronograph wristwatch. Estimate: CHF 50,000 – 70,000/HKD 400,000 – 560,000/ USD 50,000 – 70,000. Sold for: CHF 143,750. – (incl. buyer’s premium).

Two especially rare Rolex lots that were also never before seen at auction were LOT 293 and LOT 224. LOT 293, a Ref. 6239 Daytona, is widely known amongst collectors as the “Albino” Daytona for its monochromatic white dial, which was most likely a test dial to experiment from the regular production of silver and black dials produced at the time.

LOT 224, a Ref. 1680 Submariner in superb condition originally made for the UAE Armed Forced, features a rare Arabic date disc and a tropical brown dial that was originally blue, like its bezel, but which naturally aged over time.

LOT 293: Rolex, Ref. 6239, Daytona Albino Big Red Dial
LOT 293: Rolex, Ref. 6239, Daytona Albino Big Red Dial

LOT 293: Rolex, Ref. 6239, Daytona Albino Big Red Dial – Ref. 6239 Daytona Albino Big Red Dial with a rare and attractive dial, most probably a “test” dial, Antiquorum experts assume this piece is a prototype since this monochromatic dial never officially appeared on the market. Estimate: CHF 700,000 – 1,200,000/HKD 5,600,000 – 9,600,000/ USD 700,000 – 1,200,000. Sold for: CHF 865,000. – (incl. buyer’s premium).

LOT 224: Rolex, Ref.1680, Submariner, “Arabic” Tropical Dial Full Set, Yellow Gold, Made For the UAE Armed Forces
LOT 224: Rolex, Ref.1680, Submariner, “Arabic” Tropical Dial Full Set, Yellow Gold, Made For the UAE Armed Forces

LOT 224: Rolex, Ref.1680, Submariner, “Arabic” Tropical Dial Full Set, Yellow Gold, Made For the UAE Armed Forces – A Rolex Ref. 1680 Submariner in 18K yellow gold, features a very attractive tropical dial with Arabic date disc and is a first on the market. Estimate: CHF 100,000 – 150,000/HKD 800,000 – 1,200,000/USD 100,000 – 150,000. Sold for: CHF 143,750. – (incl. buyer’s premium).

The auction house also had in its wide selection lots containing watch components, including five very interesting ones featuring Rolex: LOTS 260, 263, 266, 274 & 276. Lots that proved to interest many collectors and bidders, Antiquorum affirmed its primary pursuit as a specialist in watches by being the only auction house to regularly auction all types of watchmaking components.

LOT 260: Rolex, Presentation Case with 15 Movements and Dials
LOT 260: Rolex, Presentation Case with 15 Movements and Dials

LOT 260: Rolex, Presentation Case with 15 Movements and Dials – A very fine and extremely rare wooden presentation box featuring 1 pocket watch movement and 14 wristwatch movements and dials encased in an acrylic case (Cellini caliber 650, Cellini caliber 750, Cellini calibre 1400, Cellini caliber 1601, Datejust caliber 2135, Date caliber 2235, Oyster Perpetual caliber 3000, Datejust caliber 3135, Day-Date calibre 3155, Cosmograph Daytona caliber 4030, Cosmograph Daytona calibre 4130, Datejust caliber 5035 (x 2), Day-Date caliber 5055, Cellini caliber 6620). Estimate: CHF 15,000 – 25,000/ HKD 120,000 – 200,000/ USD 15,000 – 25,000. Sold for: CHF 42,500. – (incl. buyer’s premium).

LOT 263: 2 Boxes of Rolex Parts Including Trials for Rolex 8171 Dials on Brass Plates – An extremely rare and unusual box of spare parts, including 4 brass dial plates for reference 8171, movement holders, brass movement rings, movement plates, various screws and movement, balance wheels in 2 Rolex cardboard parts boxes. Estimate: CHF 1,000 – 2,000/HKD 8,000 – 16,000/ USD 1,000 – 2,000. Sold for: CHF 30,000. – (incl. buyer’s premium).

LOT 266: Rolex Dial, Ref. 8171, Padellone Oyster Perpetual, Two Tone Silver, Yellow Gold Indexes, with 2 Moonphase Disks and A Month Disk – An exceptional, possibly unique and extremely rare, two-tone silver dial with yellow gold baton indexes. Estimate: CHF 10,000 – 20,000/HKD 80,000 – 160,000/USD 10,000 – 20,000. Sold for: CHF 82,500. – (incl. buyer’s premium).

LOT 274: Rolex, Daytona Hands, Steel – A set of very fine and rare steel hands very good overall condition, likely for Caliber 722/727. The set is comprised 10-hour hands (approx. total length 10.50mm), 10 minute hands (approx. overall length 14mm.), 82 hour hands (approx. overall length 10.60mm), 82 minute hands (approx. overall length 15.60mm), 10 hour hands (approx. overall length 11.50mm), 10 minute hands (approx. overall length 15.50mm). Estimate: CHF 2,000 – 4,000/HKD 16,000 – 32,000/ USD 2,000 – 4,000. Sold for: CHF 20,000. – (incl. buyer’s premium).

LOT 276: Rolex, Daytona Hands, Steel – A set of very fine and rare steel hands very good overall condition, likely for Caliber 722/727, comprised of 12 central chronograph hands, 11 black chronograph counter hands and 5 white chronograph counter hands. Estimate: CHF 1,000 – 2,000/HKD 8,000 – 16,000/USD 1,000 – 2,000. Sold for: CHF 13,750. – (incl. buyer’s premium).

PATEK PHILIPPE

Lovers of complications jumped at the chance to bid on LOT 389, a very fine, exceptional and rare Patek Philippe Ref. 7074R, as well as LOT 178, the extremely coveted and rare Ref. 3710 Nautilus in steel with power reserve.

LOT 389: Patek Philippe, Ref. 5074R, Perpetual Calendar Minute Repeater, Pink Gold – The Ref. 5074 was originally launched in 2002 only in 18K yellow gold, available with a silver or a black dial. In 2005 during the Basel Fair, Patek Philippe presented the 18K rose gold version.

LOT 389: Patek Philippe, Ref. 5074R, Perpetual Calendar Minute Repeater, Pink Gold
LOT 389: Patek Philippe, Ref. 5074R, Perpetual Calendar Minute Repeater, Pink Gold

It is considered the successor to the famous ref. 3974. The mechanism is the same in both references with the exception of the gong which, which in the Ref. 5074, goes twice around the watch case in order to give a better and louder sound.

LOT 389: Patek Philippe, Ref. 5074R, Perpetual Calendar Minute Repeater, Pink Gold

This type of gong is called ‘cathedral gong’. This particular example has been maintained in perfect condition. Estimate: CHF 300,000 – 400,000/ HKD 2,400,000 – 3,200,000/ USD 300,000 – 400,000. Sold for: CHF 400,000. – (incl. buyer’s premium).

LOT 178: Patek Philippe, Ref. 3710, Nautilus, Power Reserve, 150th Ever Produced, Steel – A very fine, self-winding, stainless steel wristwatch with date and power reserve. Featuring roman numerals with luminous material as well as the characteristic power reserve that would become known as “The Comet” by collectors.

LOT 178: Patek Philippe, Ref. 3710, Nautilus, Power Reserve
LOT 178: Patek Philippe, Ref. 3710, Nautilus, Power Reserve

Known to have launched with the movement number 3’148’000, it makes this example the 150th piece ever produced. Estimate: CHF 25,000 – 45,000/ HKD 200,000 – 360,000/ USD 25,000 – 45,000. Sold for: CHF 66,250. – (incl. buyer’s premium).

AUDEMARS PIGUET

Other highlights on this Sunday’s auction included pieces from Audemars Piguet, such as this trio of very fine and rare pocket watches Audemars Piguet Complications LOTS 325, 326, & 327, and two very rare Royal Oak models.

LOT 214, a supremely well-maintained steel Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, is a reference that owes its rarity due to the fact that during its 15 years in production, only 15 models in stainless steel were sold a year worldwide. LOT 534, a Royal Oak Quantième Perpetuel, is a very rare example of this reference featuring a salmon dial and has also never been presented at auction before.

LOT 325: Audemars Piguet Grande Complication
LOT 325: Audemars Piguet Grande Complication

LOT 325: Audemars Piguet Grande Complication (Estimate: CHF 60,000 – 80,000/HKD 480,000 – 640,000/ USD 60,000 – 80,000): Sold for: CHF 112,500. – including buyer’s premium.

LOT 326: Audemars Piguet Astronomic Minute Repeater
LOT 326: Audemars Piguet Astronomic Minute Repeater

LOT 326: Audemars Piguet Astronomic Minute Repeater (Estimate: CHF 40,000 – 60,000/ HKD 320,000 – 480,000/ USD 40,000 – 60,000): Sold for CHF 100,000. – including buyer’s premium.

LOT 327: Audemars Piguet, Ref. 5501, Perpetual Calendar Pocket Watch, Two-Tone Dial, Yellow Gold
LOT 327: Audemars Piguet, Ref. 5501, Perpetual Calendar Pocket Watch, Two-Tone Dial, Yellow Gold

LOT 327: Audemars Piguet, Ref. 5501, Perpetual Calendar Pocket Watch, Two-Tone Dial, Yellow Gold (Estimate: CHF 17,000 – 27,000/HKD 136,000 – 216,000/USD 17,000 – 27,000): Sold for CHF 23,750. – including buyer’s premium.

LOT 214: Audemars Piguet, Ref. 25654, Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, Mark I Dial, Steel
LOT 214: Audemars Piguet, Ref. 25654, Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, Mark I Dial, Steel

LOT 214: Audemars Piguet, Ref. 25654, Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, Mark I Dial, Steel (Estimate: CHF 40,000 – 60,000/HKD 320,000 – 480,000/USD 40,000 – 60,000): Sold for CHF 150,000. – including buyer’s premium.

LOT 534: Audemars Piguet, Ref. 25820ST, Royal Oak Quantieme Perpetuel, Salmon Dial
LOT 534: Audemars Piguet, Ref. 25820ST, Royal Oak Quantieme Perpetuel, Salmon Dial

LOT 534: Audemars Piguet, Ref. 25820ST, Royal Oak Quantieme Perpetuel, Salmon Dial, Full Set (Estimate: CHF 70,000 – 90,000/HKD 560,000 – 720,000/ USD 70,000 – 90,000): Sold for CHF 162,500. – including buyer’s premium.

F.P. JOURNE

A young brand continuing to gain more traction at auctions, F.P. Journe proved to also serve fantastic results during Sunday’s auction. Widely considered one of the pinnacles of mechanical elegance, LOT 427, the Tourbillon Remontoir D’Egalité, was presented in its original fitted box, certificate of authenticity and instruction booklet, and sold above its lowest estimate to a bidder on Zoom. LOT 428, a unique titanium Elegante housing an electro-mechanical quartz movement, also doubled its estimate.

LOT 427: F.P Journe, Tourbillon Remontoir D’egalite, Seconde Morte, Pink Gold Dial, Pink Gold
LOT 427: F.P Journe, Tourbillon Remontoir D’egalite, Seconde Morte, Pink Gold Dial, Pink Gold

LOT 427: F.P Journe, Tourbillon Remontoir D’egalite, Seconde Morte, Pink Gold Dial, Pink Gold (Estimate: CHF 130,000 – 190,000/HKD 1,040,000 – 1,520,000/USD 130,000 – 190,000): Sold for CHF 200,000. – including buyer’s premium.

LOT 427: F.P Journe, Tourbillon Remontoir D’egalite, Seconde Morte, Pink Gold Dial, Pink Gold

Timepiece like no other in terms of mechanics and elegance, LOT 427 the Tourbillon Souverain Remontoire d’Egalité, Seconde Morte was made from 2003 to 2018 and is the second generation of Journe tourbillons.

DANIEL ROTH

A niche brand known for its complex and detailed watches, Daniel Roth has garnered keen interest from bidders. Exquisite pieces from the brand, such as LOT 202, a Masters Double Face Quantieme Tourbillon in 18K white gold with case, lugs and crown set with baguette diamonds and sapphires, dazzled collectors and settled for above its estimate.

Daniel Roth, Ref. 197.X.60, Masters Double Face, Quantieme Tourbillon, White Gold
Daniel Roth, Ref. 197.X.60, Masters Double Face, Quantieme Tourbillon, White Gold

LOT 202: Daniel Roth, Ref. 197.X.60, Masters Double Face, Quantieme Tourbillon, White Gold (Estimate: CHF 50,000 – 70,000/HKD 400,000 – 560,000/USD 50,000 – 70,000): Sold for CHF 75,000. – including buyer’s premium.

Daniel Roth, Ref. 197.X.60, Masters Double Face, Quantieme Tourbillon, White Gold

CARTIER

A favorite at vintage auctions, Cartier developed splendid results during Sunday’s auction, with most notably LOT 439, a very fine and historically significant Tank Parallelogram Asymmetric, limited to 99 pieces, made in 1999 in honor of the formal handover of Hong Kong to the Chinese government from the United Kingdom.

LOT 439: Cartier, Ref. 2488, Tank Parallelogram Asymetric, Macau 1999, No. 74/99, Yellow Gold
LOT 439: Cartier, Ref. 2488, Tank Parallelogram Asymetric, Macau 1999, No. 74/99, Yellow Gold

LOT 439: Cartier, Ref. 2488, Tank Parallelogram Asymetric, Macau 1999, No. 74/99, Yellow Gold – A very fine, limited to 99 pieces, manual wind, 18k yellow gold wristwatch. Estimate: CHF 9,000 – 14,000 HKD 72,000 – 112,000/ USD 9,000 – 14,000. Sold for: CHF 55,000. – (incl. buyer’s premium).

LOUIS MOINET

A very fine, rare, manual wind, 18k white gold tourbillon and diamond (.48 cts, 0.0324 cts, rubies 0.0259 cts., emerald 0.027 cts) Louis Moinet Tourbillon Majesty wristwatch with hand-painted dial representing his majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said watch was sold for CHF 181,250.

LOT 433: Louis Moinet, Ref. LM62.70.M. Tourbillon Majesty in White Gold, No. 02/02. Estimate: CHF 60,000 – 120,000/ HKD 480,000 – 960,000 / USD 60,000 – 120,000. Sold: CHF 181,250.