Vintage and historic timepieces lead Sotheby's London watch sale



2015-09-08 09:32:43

Vintage, modern and even historic watches will cross the auction block at the forthcoming Sotheby's watch sale in London.

The auction will offer more than 200 timepieces, spanning a century of fine watchmaking by some of the world's finest craftsmen.
“Our upcoming auction of Watches in London will present extraordinary timepieces which represent the masterful quality of renowned watchmakers," said Tim Bourne, Sotheby’s Worldwide Head of Watches.

"The sale has been carefully curated to meet the ever-increasing demand for celebrated brands and iconic models, and the broad range of outstanding pieces is set to inspire the imagination of international collectors.”

Leading the sale is the Victory Watch, a gold pocket watch presented to Prime Minister Winston Churchill following the Allied victory in WWII. It was one of four watches created and gifted to the Allied leaders – Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Joseph Stalin and Harry Truman – each bearing a unique engraved design.

Featuring a distinctive enamel dial showing St. George slaying the dragon, the pocket watch was treasure by Churchill throughout his life and is now expected to sell for £60,000-£100,000.

Amongst the most notable vintage timepieces on offer is a highly rare Cartier desk clock, circa 1920, estimated at £25,000-£35,000. Collectors will also be able to bid on a rare Rolex reference 6262/6239 chronograph Daytona 'Paul Newman', described as "an unchallenged icon among 20th century wristwatches", estimated at £40,000-£60,000.

Highlights from the auction's modern section will include an exclusive Rolex Explorer II dual time zone wristwatch, reference 216570, specially made for members of the 22nd Special Air Service (SAS) and engraved “Who Dares Wins”, valued at £10,000-£15,000.

Patek Philippe watches also figure amongst the top lots, with a pair of modern examples – a 1990 white gold chronograph perpetual calendar wristwatch, ref. 3970E, and a 2011 white gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch, ref. 5270G – valued at £40,000-60,000 and £60,000-£80,000 respectively.

The Sotheby's London Watches sale takes place on Tuesday September 22.

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