'Most sought-after' $850k Patek to sell online



2015-06-26 11:45:55

'Most sought-after' $850k Patek to sell online

A one-of-only-five made Vacheron Constantin ($220k) will also appear in Patrizzi & Co's web auction

International fine watch auctioneers Patrizzi & Co will host a live online auction on Monday December 14, based in New York City.

Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 Second Series ($650k-850k) Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 Second Series ($650k-850k)

Ninety-three collectors' watches, clocks and accessories will feature; including Patek Philippe, A Lange & Sohne and Vacheron Constantin among others.

Leading lights of the sale include a Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 Second Series, with bidding opening at $650,000 and a top estimate of $850,000.

The Ref. 2499 is one of the most sought-after Patek Philippe models. Launched in 1951, fewer than 10 were produced each year until its production ceased in 1985.

A White Gold Patek Philippe Geneve, consigned by New York Mets baseball great Lenny Dykstra, will also go under the hammer with a starting price of $28,000 (top estimate: $35,000).

A Lange and Sohne A Lange and Sohne "Pour Le Mrite" Tourbograph ($400k-500k)

Incidentally, for sports memorabilia fans, Dykstra's 1986 World Series Trophy will also feature in the sale, with bids opening at $17,500 (estimated at $18,000-25,000).

Bids on a "Pour Le Mrite" Tourbograph by A Lange and Sohne are set to open at $400,000 (top estimate $500,000).

Created to mark the 15th anniversary of the re-established Lange manufactory in 2005, it is the first wristwatch in history to combine a fusee and chain with a tourbillon.

Another Patek Philippe, the Ref. 5075, will also make an appearance.

Vacheron Constantin Minute Repeater, 1941 ($180k-$220k) Vacheron Constantin Minute Repeater made in 1941 ($180k-$220k)

In 2000, Patek Philippe launched a special set of four "Calatrava" wristwatches with hand-made cloisonn enamel dials.

Since then, the company has produced 10 sets of four watches each year - though this is believed to be the first ever Ref. 5075 to be sold individually on the market, rather than as a set of four.

It has a starting bid of $35,000 (top estimate: $50,000).

Another unique highlight is the largest wrist minute repeater ever made by Vacheron Constantin, a Minute Repeater made in 1941.

Carrying an estimate of $180,000-$220,000, the watch has a very rare 14 lignes repeater movement, previously only used in pendant watches circa 1910.

The Minute Repeater is one of only five examples ever made -although a few pedant quarter repeating watches of the same caliber also exist.

Patrizzi & Co will not charge buyer's commission for the sales.

In other fine watches news, watch this space for an update on 2009's final Antiquorum salein New York City, featuringa number of rare Patek Philippe sales.

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