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Sotheby's Watches Weekly | Geneva, 14-21 May, 2020

Sotheby's Watches Weekly, Geneva, 14 – 21 May, 2020. 

SALE NUMBER G00503

Following the successful launch of the Watches Weekly sales in Hong Kong, we are delighted to present the inaugural weekly sale from Sotheby’s Geneva. This auction offers a varied selection of attractive timepieces from the world’s greatest manufactures including Patek Philippe, Rolex and Vacheron Constantin. With watches spanning a wide range of price points, this small but carefully curated sale has something for those beginning a collection as well as connoisseurs adding to an existing one.  

 

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  • Charlie Foxhall
  • Associate Specialist
  • Watches
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  • CHARLIE.FOXHALL@SOTHEBYS.COM

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Patrick Stebler
Junior Cataloguer
Watches
+41 22 908 48 12
PATRICK.STEBLER@SOTHEBYS.COM

LOT 1. CARTIER | ROTONDE DE CARTIER ASTROTOURBILLON PINK GOLD ASTROTOURBILLON WRISTWATCH CIRCA 2016
Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 CHF

CARTIER ROTONDE DE CARTIER ASTROTOURBILLON 

PINK GOLD ASTROTOURBILLON WRISTWATCH

CIRCA 2016

Dial: silvered

Calibre: cal. 9451 MC manual winding, 23 jewels

Movement number: 7

Case: 18k pink gold, display back secured by 8 screws

Case number: 6

Closure: Cartier alligator strap and 18k pink gold deployant buckle

Size: 46.5 mm diameter

Signed: case, dial and movement 

Accessories: Cartier certificate, instruction manual and presentation box.

Debuted at SIHH in 2010, the present watch is equipped with an Astrotourbillon carriage with special rotational axis at the centre of the movement. The escapement orbits around the dial and further indicates the seconds.

The present example was made early in production with the case numbered 6 and the movement, 7. Produced in pink gold the watch is complete with original certificate and presentation box.

LOT 2. PATEK PHILIPPE | REF 5146J YELLOW GOLD ANNUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES AND POWER RESERVE INDICATION CIRCA 2005. Estimate: 12,000 - 18,000 CHF

PATEK PHILIPPE REF 5146J

YELLOW GOLD ANNUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES AND POWER RESERVE INDICATION 

CIRCA 2005

Dial: cream

Caliber: cal. 315/299 automatic, 36 jewels 

Movement number: 3'606'551

Case: 18k yellow gold, screw-down sapphire display back

Case number: 4'422'573

Closure: Patek Philippe alligator strap and 18k yellow gold buckle

Size: diameter 39 mm 

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: Patek Philippe booklet and presentation case.

LOT 4. PATEK PHILIPPE | REF 2452 PINK GOLD WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1955. Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 CHF

PATEK PHILIPPE REF 2452

PINK GOLD WRISTWATCH

CIRCA 1955

Dial: silvered

Calibre: 12-400 manual winding, jewelled

Movement number: 725060

Case: 18k pink gold, snap-on back

Case number: 685'134

Closure: Patek Philippe alligator strap and 18k pink gold buckle  

Size: 35 mm diameter

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: Patek Philippe presentation case

The present watch typifies the period in which it was produced, the 1950s. With regards to case design the mid-century provides a veritable explosion form. This particular watch in in superb overall condition and demonstrates true diversity in design. With its violently stepped lugs and softer concave band, this combination of sharp and smooth provides the watch with great presence and is certain to catch the eye of any discerning collector.

LOT 5. ROLEX | LADY DATEJUST PLATINUM AND DIAMOND-SET WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET CIRCA 2007
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 CHF

ROLEX LADY DATEJUST

PLATINUM AND DIAMOND-SET WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET

CIRCA 2007

Dial: silvered

Calibre: cal. 2235 automatic, 31 jewels

Movement number: 2'648'841

Case: platinum Oyster, screw-down back

Case number: M'383'570

Closure: platinum Rolex president bracelet and folding clasp

Dimensions: 32 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approx. 165 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: Rolex wallet, booklet, handkerchief and presentation case

The present platinum Datejust embodies the Rolex vision with the combination of the most precious metal, a signature design and the inclusion of diamonds.  An absolute classic, this watch can be worn in any given scenario and will accommodate most wrist sizes thanks to the long President bracelet. 

 

LOT 7. ROLEX | 'THE TEXAN' QUARTZ, REF 5100 BETA 21 YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET CIRCA 1970
Estimate: 12,000 - 18,000 CHF

ROLEX 'THE TEXAN' QUARTZ, REF 5100 BETA 21

YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET

CIRCA 1970

Dial: gilt

Calibre: RE10 BETA 21 Quartz, 13 jewels

Movement number: 00'006'842

Case: 18k yellow gold, snap-on back

Case number: 315/249

Closure: 18k yellow gold Rolex bracelet and folding clasp

Size: 36 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approx. 180

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: Rolex presentation case

The quartz crisis undoubtedly was, and in many ways still is, a very divisive period in the manufacturing of wristwatches. While the mechanical wristwatch ultimately prevailed, it was a time where all manufactures, even the most powerful, were forced to re-evaluate what the future potentially held. 

To consider this, twenty-one manufactures collaborated to form the Centre Electronique Horologer and one of that number was Rolex. From this collaboration was born, in 1969, the Beta-21 and powered by this new movement, the Rolex reference 5100 became the first quartz watch ever manufactured by the company. 

The first batch of 1000 pieces was produced in yellow gold and numbered to the case back, as can be seen with the present lot, numbered 249. These first 1000 were all purchased before production even began, Rolex offering a tour of their factory to all those who joined this new and exclusive Quartz powered club. Production however lasted only two years, and as such the reference was made in very limited number by Rolex's usual standards, offering any collector a superb opportunity to own a piece of Rolex's history, especially one that is reminiscent of such a turbulent time. 

The present example is preserved in good condition for a watch of its age with its end-link components marked to correspond with the case numbers.  

LOT 8. OMEGA | REF 2077-3 STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TWO TONE DIAL CIRCA 1938
Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 CHF

OMEGA REF 2077-3

STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TWO TONE DIAL

CIRCA 1938

Dial: silvered

Calibre: 33.3 CHRO manual winding, 17 jewels

Movement number: 9,600,403

Case: stainless steel, screw-down back

Case number: 133

Closure: Omega alligator strap and stainless steel buckle

Size: 38 mm diameter

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: none.

The 2077 represents the first water resistant chronograph to have been made by Omega. Introduced in 1937, the reference was powered by the now renowned calibre 33.3 CHRO. Aesthetically, the watch is rightly considered a relic of a golden age of chronographs; its two tone dial with radium sword hands and Arabic numerals, are brilliantly deco, and yet its large 38 mm diameter and multi-coloured scales and registers provide a strong sense of the utilitarian.  

The present watch shows some sign of wear as is to be expected in a watch of this age, the dial however has remained beautifully preserved with its scales and finishes clear, bright and legible.

 

LOT 10. AUDEMARS PIGUET | ROYAL OAK YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET CIRCA 1985
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 CHF

AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK

YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET

CIRCA 1985

Dial: grey

Calibre: cal. 2123 automatic, 33 jewels

Movement number: 244'236

Case: 18k yellow gold, back secured by eight screws

Case number: B76548/2005

Closure: 18k yellow gold Audemars Piguet bracelet with folding clasp

Size: diameter 35 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 180 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

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Sotheby's Watches Weekly, Geneva, 14 – 21 May, 2020.