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How about Watches with Diamonds for Men?

It is not a secret that whether it comes to contemporary models or old vintage watches, most men prefer timeless designs combined with comfort and functionality. However, since today’s luxury watch market offers endless possibilities to suit every taste and style, maybe it’s time to try wearing something else? It does not mean that you should forget about an elegant timepiece on your wrist, but you can look at available options from a different angle. For example, did you know that there are lots of refined yet stylish ladies luxury models that can actually be worn by men too? Plus, you can choose a timepiece made of titanium or ceramic instead of more common stainless steel. How about watches with diamonds? Yes, we are now talking about luxury watches for men, with diamond-set dials and cases. Think they are too feminine? Let us assure you that not all of them! Look for yourself!

1. Rolex Datejust 41

There are many beautiful Rolex watches with diamonds out there, most of which are made for ladies, of course. However, there are also certain diamond-set Rolex models designed specifically for men. For example, you can easily wear this classic stainless steel Datejust 41 with a fluted 18k white gold bezel and a blue dial without losing masculinity.

Rolex Datejust 41 Ref. 126334

2. Patek Philippe Complications

You will hardly find a more luxurious men’s timepiece than the Patek Philippe Complications, especially if it is decorated with baguette-cut diamonds. Moreover, this 18k rose gold model is not only elegant and refined but also highly sophisticated due to its automatic mechanical chronograph movement with annual calendar complication. Besides, it can become a good investment.

Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5961R

3. Piaget Altiplano

The Piaget Altiplano is another perfect example of timeless luxury watches with diamonds, designed specifically for men. Just look at this restrained model entirely made of 18k white gold and set with 78 diamonds! Its clear and simple design makes it a perfect choice for a modern man with fine taste. Needless to say that the Altiplano is additionally one of the most accurate and reliable luxury watches on the market.

Piaget Altiplano Ref. G0A40112

4. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

One more 18k white gold model on this list is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” created in the 1980s. Even though this vintage watch is decorated with diamonds, it does not look feminine and can easily be worn by any modern man. Plus, this design has already become a true classic.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref. 5402B

5. Girard-Perregaux 1966

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 is just an excellent example of vintage-inspired mechanical watches with diamonds, which can be passed down through generations from father to son. Enclosed in a round-shaped stainless steel case and complemented by a classic black alligator leather strap, this timeless model is sure to look perfect on any man’s wrist.

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Ref. 49555-11-1A1-BB60

As you can see, there are many luxury watches with diamonds, designed specifically for men. Moreover, you can find them not only within the modern range, but among old models too. So why not expand your own collection with such a luxurious diamond-set timepiece that always looks great despite ever-changing fashions?

Most Expensive Modern and Old Watches Sold at the Christie’s Hong Kong Watch Auction

Patek Philippe modern and old watches continue to set new records at auctions all around the world. This time, we are talking about the Christie’s Hong Kong Important Watches Sale held on November 27. With 262 fine and rare high-end luxury watches hammered of the 315 offered, it achieved over $11 million in sales, which is undoubtedly another impressive result for the Hong Kong auctions. So what are the most expensive modern and old watches sold on November 27?

1. Patek Philippe Ref. 5207 Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon (c. 2009)

The top lot of the Christie’s Hong Kong Important Watches Sale was a very fine and rare Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon in platinum. Estimated at $486,000 – 614,000, this sophisticated luxury watch powered by a 35-jeweled hand-winding movement with moon phases and minute repeater complications was sold for $581,000.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5207 Platinum Minute Repeating Instantaneous Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon

2. Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 6263 “Paul Newman” (c. 1971)

The renowned Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263 “Paul Newman” with a recognizable Panda dial became another highlight of the Hong Kong Important Watches Sale. This iconic vintage stainless steel watch with a hand-winding mechanical chronograph movement more than doubled its low estimate ($205,000 – 307,000) before realizing $504,000.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 6263 “Paul Newman” Panda

3. Patek Philippe Ref. 5339 Minute Repeating Tourbillon (c. 2011)

Distinguished by its beautiful enamel dial surrounded by a hobnail bezel, the Patek Philippe Ref. 5339 is a very rare and collectible timepiece that boasts a hand-winding tourbillon movement with a perpetual calendar function. Estimated at $307,000 – 461,000, this 18k rose gold watch was sold for $427,000.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5339 Minute Repeating Tourbillon

4. Patek Philippe Ref. 5074 Cathedral Minute Repeater (2012)

The last Patek Philippe on this list of the most expensive modern and old watches auctioned by Christie’s Hong Kong is the Ref. 5074 Cathedral Minute Repeater. Enclosed in a platinum case, it is distinguished by its 39-jeweled automatic movement with “Cathedral” minute repeater and perpetual calendar complications. Estimated at $333,000 – 512,000, it went under the hammer for $381,000.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5074 Cathedral Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar in Platinum

5. Richard Mille Ref. RM015 Dual Time Tourbillon Perini Navi (c. 2009)

This rare Richard Mille luxury watch features an 18k rose gold case that houses a hand-winding mechanical tourbillon movement with a dual time complication, visible through the eye-catching skeleton dial. It was hammered for an impressive $248,000 while being estimated at only $128,000 – 166,000.

Richard Mille Ref. RM015 Dual Time Tourbillon Perini Nav

As for other old vintage watches sold at the Christie’s Hong Kong Important Watches Sale, it is impossible not to mention several lots we wrote about in our previous article:

- Patek Philippe Ref. 1463 Chronograph (1942) – sold for $192,000
- Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Series Model No. A 761 (c. 1975) – sold for $37,000
- Heuer Autavia Ref. 2446 2nd Execution Model (c. 1964) – sold for $26,000
- Omega Multi-Scale Chronograph (c. 1941) – sold for $14,000
- Rolex Padellone Ref. 8171 Triple Calendar (c. 1951) – remained unsold

It is also worth noting that one more Christie’s sale of modern and iconic old watches from many renowned watchmakers is happening right now online and will run until December 12. How about making a bid?

Photo credit: Christie’s/christies.com

Christie’s Hong Kong Watch Auction: Old Vintage Watches Highlights

While some of this year’s most important auction sales of high-end watches have already been held, bringing record-breaking results, some are yet to come. For example, the Phillips Hong Kong Watch Auction: Five that will be held on November 28 is definitely one of them. However, there is another important sale just around the corner. Christie’s renowned end-year Hong Kong auction of modern and old vintage watches will happen in only two days, with an impressive selection of fine timepieces to go under the hammer. Featuring 315 lots, including several rare Patek Philippe models from the second half of the 20th century, it is sure to become one of the most memorable. We have chosen several old vintage watches highlights from the upcoming Christie’s Hong Kong Important Watches Sale for your enjoyment!

1. Patek Philippe Ref. 1463 Chronograph (1942)

The Patek Philippe Ref. 1463 is a very special luxury watch that is always sought after by serious collectors for a simple reason: it is the company’s first water-resistant chronograph ever. Plus, it features applied Breguet numerals, which is pretty uncommon for this model. Enclosed in a 35mm 18k gold case, this fine and rare hand-winding Patek Philippe is estimated at $154,000 – 309,000.

Patek Philippe Ref. 1463 18k Gold Chronograph (1942)

2. Rolex Padellone Ref. 8171 Triple Calendar (c. 1951)

Featuring a 38mm stainless steel case, this particular Rolex Padellone is one of the rarest old vintage watches put up for sale as the Ref. 8171 is most commonly found in yellow gold. Moreover, it is undoubtedly a great addition to any collection due to its precise automatic movement with triple calendar and moon phase complications. Its estimated cost is $116,000 – 167,000.

Rolex Padellone Ref. 8171 Stainless Steel Triple Calendar (circa 1951)

3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Series Model No. A 761 (c. 1975)

This rare Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Series model is distinguished by its 39mm stainless steel case complemented by a tropical dial. Besides, it is equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 2121, with a date indication. The estimated cost of this luxury watch is $23,000 – 39,000, which is certainly good news for all collectors.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Series Model No. A 761 Stainless Steel with Tropical Dial (circa 1975)

4. Heuer Autavia Ref. 2446 2nd Execution Model (c. 1964)

This 38mm stainless steel Heuer Autavia Ref. 2446 is a very rare model due to its 2nd execution black dial, meaning two white registers and dauphine hands with steel edges. Plus, it features larger pushers as compared to other similar models, and a hand-winding mechanical movement built on 17 jewels. This vintage Heuer Autavia is estimated at $21,000 – 41,000.

Heuer Autavia Ref. 2446 2nd Execution Model Stainless Steel Chronograph (circa 1964)

5. Omega Multi-Scale Chronograph (c. 1941)

Enclosed in a 37.5mm stainless steel case, this amazing example of Omega old vintage watches is distinguished by its two-tone dial featuring telemetric and pulsations scales executed in red, green, and blue. Besides, it is powered by an accurate hand-winding mechanical movement, caliber 33.3, with a chronograph complication. Its estimated cost is $10,000 – 15,000.

Omega Multi-Scale Stainless Steel Chronograph (circa 1941)

These and many other important modern and old vintage watches will be auctioned by Christie’s in Hong Kong on November 27. We are looking forward to seeing the results!

Photo credit: Christie’s/christies.com

Top 5 Seiko Old Watches You Can Sell for Cash

Designed to provide reliable and accurate service over a long period, Seiko watches have always been some of the most popular. Besides, they are well-priced, which makes them a perfect choice for everyone looking for a quality timepiece within a limited budget. However, while this company has a wide range of modern models for any style and taste, its old watches are still beyond competition. It is no wonder that Seiko continues to produce vintage-inspired timepieces, like this year’s Prospex Diver SPB053 that pays tribute to the iconic 62MAS, the company’s first dive watch introduced in 1965.

Moreover, many of Seiko old watches are actually very collectible, which means that you can easily get top dollar for a timepiece you do not use anymore. So what models are the most sought-after by collectors of old vintage watches these days, and how to get cash for them?

1. Seiko Ref. 6139 “Pogue”

Among all Seiko chronograph watches produced in the late 1960s – 1970s, the Ref. 6139 “Pogue” is undoubtedly the most famous. Named after the astronaut Colonel William Pogue who took his personal Seiko for the Skylab 4 mission in 1973, this model with a distinctive yellow dial has become the first automatic watch with chronograph in space.

Seiko Ref. 6139 “Pogue”

2. Seiko Ref. 6309

Another notable example of Seiko old watches is the Ref. 6309, which was first introduced in 1976. This series of reliable automatic dive watches with water resistance up to 150 meters is distinguished by a symmetrical cushion-shaped case known as the “turtle.” Plus, this model features a thick bi-directional dive bezel and has a date display at the 3 o’clock position.

Seiko 6309-7049 Turtle Diver

3. Seiko Ref. 6117 “Navigator”

The Seiko Ref. 6117 “Navigator” is the second generation of company’s GMT watches, produced in different designs: with a rotating internal bezel featuring city names, with an internal 24-hour bezel, and the most popular – with an external 24-hour bezel. Each of them is equipped with an accurate dual time zone movement resembling the renowned Rolex GMT.

Seiko Ref. 6117 Navigator

4. Seiko Ref. 6138-8020 “Panda”

The Ref. 6138-8020 “Panda” is one of the most valuable and collectible Seiko old vintage watches on the market. Distinguished by its “Panda” dial with navy sub-dials and a fully integrated self-winding mechanical chronograph movement, this luxury watch is as reliable and functional as it is good-looking.

Seiko Ref. 6138-8020

5. Seiko Ref. 6159 “Tuna”

Last but not least example of notable Seiko old watches is the Ref. 6159 “Tuna” designed for professional and scuba diving. It is indeed a unique dive automatic model with a whole range of distinguishing features. After all, it was the first to feature a titanium case, a vented rubber strap, and an L-shaped gasket. Besides, its water resistance is up to 600 meters.

Seiko Ref. 6159

At King Watch Buyers, we will be happy to buy any of the mentioned above Seiko old watches in good condition, so if you have one for sale, do not hesitate to contact our team. The best offer is guaranteed!

GPHG 2017: Best Watches for Men and Women Announced

The 2017 edition of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve revealed this year’s best watches for men and women out of a total of 72 competing timepieces. Plus, a Special Jury Prize was given to Suzanne Rohr, an 80-year-old master enameller, and her apprentice Anita Porchet. The memorable ceremony took place on November 8 in Geneva. Let’s congratulate the winners!

Best Ladies’ Watch – Premiere Camelia Skeleton by Chanel

This beautiful timepiece with a skeleton mechanical movement was chosen the best among all ladies luxury watches released this year.

Chanel Première Camélia Skeleton Ref. H5251

Best Men’s Watch – Octo Finissimo Automatic by Bvlgari

The 2017 Men’s Watch Prize was won by Bvlgari for the Octo Finissimo Automatic that is only 5.15mm thick.

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Ref. 102713

Best Ladies’ High-Mech Watch – Lady Arpels Papillon Automate by Van Cleef & Arpels

Combining poetic complications with the finest watchmaking, the Lady Arpels Papillon Automate is a deserving winner in the Ladies’ High-Mech category.

Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate Ref. VCARO8PN00

Best Tourbillon and Escapement Watch – Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton by Bvlgari

The prestigious Tourbillon and Escapement Watch Prize also went to Bvlgari, this time for the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton.

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton Ref. 102719

Best Mechanical Exception Watch – Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 by Vacheron Constantin

With a prize in the Mechanical Exception category, this Vacheron Constantin’s creation is rightfully one of the best watches for men this year.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 Ref. 9720C/000G-B281

Best Calendar Watch – QP a Equation by Greubel Forsey

Greubel Forsey snared the Calendar Watch Prize for the QP a Equation luxury watch equipped with perpetual calendar and equation of time complications.

Greubel Forsey QP a Equation Ref. P556

Best Chronograph Watch – Tonda Chronor Anniversaire by Parmigiani Fleurier

This year’s winner in the Chronograph Watch category is the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversaire distinguished by its innovative movement with an integrated chronograph.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversaire Ref. PFH282-1002500-HA1441

Best Sports Watch – Marine Regatta by Ulysse Nardin

The Marine Regatta by Ulysse Nardin was awarded the Sports Watch Prize, which makes it one more worthy example of the best watches for men introduced this year.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta Ref. 1553-155-3/43

Best Travel Time Watch – Toric Hemispheres Retrograde by Parmigiani Fleurier

There were many outstanding luxury watches in the Travel Time category. However, the winner is always only one, and this year, it is the Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Hemispheres Retrograde.

Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Hémisphères Rétrograde Ref. PFC493-1002400-HA1442

Best Artistic Crafts Watch – Aki-No-Kure by Voutilainen

The prize for the best Artistic Crafts was won by Voutilainen for the Aki-No-Kure model that perfectly combines fine watchmaking with Japanese techniques of lacquering.

Voutilainen Aki-No-Kure Ref. Vingt-8

Best Jewellery Watch – Lotus Blanc Watch by Chopard

The Chopard Lotus Blanc Watch is definitely one of the best jewelry watches ever. It is no wonder that it was awarded the Jewellery Watch Prize.

Chopard Lotus Blanc Watch Ref. 104420-9001

“Petite Aiguille” – Black Bay Chrono by Tudor

The “Petite Aiguille” Prize went to the Tudor Black Bay Chrono inspired by the company’s vintage dive watches from the 1950s – 1970s.

Tudor Black Bay Chrono Ref. 79350

“Aiguille D’or” Grand Prix – L.U.C. Full Strike by Chopard

The most prestigious prize was won by the L.U.C. Full Strike by Chopard, which makes it a clear winner of the 2017 GPHG.

Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Ref. 161947-5001

Finally, two more prizes were given at the GPHG ceremony: the Innovation Prize was won by the Defy Lab by Zenith, while the Revival Watch Prize went to Longines for the Avigation BigEye inspired by the pilot’s model from the 1930s. Each of them is another worthy example of the best watches for men released this year.

Why Sell Old Watches with King Watch Buyers?

Imagine, you have just inherited a vintage luxury watch that looks great and keeps time perfectly. However, you understand that you will never wear it on your wrist because it does not meet your personal style or taste. Plus, no one in your family wants it. How about selling it for cash? Just think about it – you will not only get rid of something you do not actually need but also get good money for it. After all, there are many people out there, who are interested in buying used and vintage watches for cash. Moreover, to sell old watches is now as easy as never before.

Once you know what to do with your old watch, it is time to find a buyer. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that King Watch Buyers is the best place to come if you want to get cash for old watches. Specializing in authentic vintage and pre-owned timepieces created by the well-known watchmakers, we are always ready to pay full market value for your old watch through our simple and risk-free resale process.

Why choose King Watch Buyers?

To sell old watches with King Watch Buyers has many benefits, including the following three that are crucial for any seller:

- Fair price

As one of the leading companies buying used luxury watches online, we will pay you top dollar for your old timepiece. This applies to both middle-priced models and exclusive luxury watches that can be estimated at hundreds of thousands of dollars. Moreover, we always provide only honest appraisal and transparent pricing.

- Simple process of reselling

As it has been already said, to sell old watches with King Watch Buyers is as easy as never before. You can actually do it even without leaving your home. Just take a photo of your old watch and fill in our appraisal form so that we could provide you with our offer. This process is free for our clients, and, what is more important, there is no upfront obligation to sell. Plus, if you like our offer, we will pay all insurance and shipping charges. You will only need to pack and send your old watch to our New York office.

- Fast payment

Once you accept our offer and we get your luxury watch, your money is on its way to you! We usually send it via bank transfer, check, or PayPal. You can choose the method of payment yourself. Simple as that.

However, that’s not all! At King Watch Buyers, we also offer a unique opportunity to exchange your old timepiece for a new one. It means that you can choose any luxury watch in our partner’s online store, and we will put the value of your old timepiece toward the purchase of the chosen one. This way, you will save much of your time and money.

Just let us know about your wishes, and we will make your dream come true! To sell old watches with King Watch Buyers is always beneficial!

What to Do with Your Old Halloween Designer Watches?

Halloween is already here! From the Celtic tradition of celebrating the dead to glamorous costumes and treats, this night is always unpredictable. However, whether it is scary, spooky, crazy, or fun, it is still exciting, especially if your “frightening” image is thought out to the last detail. As a luxury watch fan, chances are you have at least one Halloween-inspired timepiece for this memorable day. But what if you want to exchange it for something new? After all, today’s market is full of designer watches that can suit literally any Halloween look. So what to do with your old watch and how to get a new one at half price?

At King Watch Buyers, we offer you a unique opportunity to sell old watches for cash or put their value toward the purchase of a new one. Moreover, it is up to you whether to choose something unique for your next Halloween party or a more classic model for everyday wear. How can you do that? It is as easy as never before! Just follow our simple and risk-free resale process, and we will make your dream come true!

So what designer watches can you sell to King Watch Buyers? The only thing to remember is that we buy only authentic timepieces created by the best luxury watch brands, like Romain Jerome, Corum, and Bell & Ross. Here are several examples of Halloween-inspired watches you can easily sell for top dollar!

1. Romain Jerome Dia de los Muertos

The Dia de los Muertos series of designer watches by Romain Jerome is perhaps the first one that comes to mind when people think about luxury timepieces imbued with the spirit of Halloween. Inspired by Dia de los Muertos, a well-known Mexican holiday that celebrates life and honors the dead, this collection features many fantastic models that are both accurate timepieces and stylish jewelry accessories distinguished by their unique dials with famous Calaveras.

Romain Jerome Dia de los Muertos Clasico Ref. RJ.M.AU.FM.001.07

2. Corum Bubble

One more renowned collection of luxury watches that can easily complement a Halloween costume is the Bubble by Corum. Created in a variety of designs, sizes, and materials, these eye-catching timepieces are made to amuse and frighten at the same time, which makes them a popular choice for this special day of the year. Moreover, released in limited editions, they are not only very attractive, but pretty collectible too.

Corum Big Bubble 52 Diablo Ref. L403/03248

3. Bell & Ross Skull

The first Bell & Ross Skull model was introduced in 2009, and since then, these stylish designer watches that break with traditional watchmaking codes have been some of the most interesting options for a memorable Halloween look. Decorated with a provocative skull and adorned with exceptional finishes, each piece of the Bell & Ross Skull series is a true delight for collectors of unusual luxury watches.

Bell & Ross BR 01 Burning Skull

This short list of Halloween-inspired designer watches is certainly not exhaustive, so do not hesitate to offer King Watch Buyers any other “frightening” timepiece you have! Happy Halloween!

Most Expensive Rolex Wrist Watch: Paul Newman’s Daytona Has Set a New Record

On October 26, a vintage Rolex wrist watch that belonged to the Hollywood icon Paul Newman set a new world record. This historically important stainless steel Daytona was sold at the Phillips New York “Winning Icons – Legendary Watches of the 20th Century” Sale for a staggering $17.8 million, which makes it the world’s most expensive wrist watch ever sold at auction.

Original Paul Newman's Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 6239

After a 12-minute bidding war, the legendary timepiece once given to Newman by his wife Joanne Woodward was finally sold to an anonymous bidder on the phone, who had offered a record-breaking $17,752,500 for a single Rolex wrist watch. Thus, the very first Daytona “Paul Newman” has beaten the previous record for the most expensive wrist watch, set by the famous Patek Philippe stainless steel watch (Ref. 1518) that was sold by Phillips Geneva in 2016 for $11 million, and it was actually very close to the Henry Graves Patek Philippe Supercomplication sold for $24 million in 2014.

Among other important Rolex luxury watches sold by Phillips New York, we can mention the following:

1. Rolex Ref. 8171 “Padellone,” 1950

A triple calendar Rolex wrist watch known as “Padellone” is one of the world’s most sought-after luxury watches today. It is no wonder that this large for the time stainless steel timepiece with a graine dial, powered by an automatic mechanical movement, was sold for $603,000.

Rolex Ref. 8171 “Padellone” Triple Calendar, 1950

2. Rolex Submariner Ref. 6200 “Big Crown,” 1954

Designed for professional divers, the Rolex Ref. 6200 was the only one among three models released in 1954 to feature water resistance to a depth of 200 meters. This important and extremely rare stainless steel automatic Rolex with a black glossy Explorer dial went under the hammer for $579,000.

Rolex Submariner Ref. 6200 “Big Crown” with Explorer Dial, 1954

3. Rolex Ref. 6284, 1950

Manufactured in 1950, this highly attractive 14k yellow gold Rolex wrist watch powered by an automatic movement is distinguished by its unique cloisonne enamel dial depicting North and South America, which makes it one of the most desirable luxury watches in the world. It was sold by Phillips for $567,000.

Rolex Ref. 6284 with Cloisonne Enamel Dial, 1950

4. Rolex Ref. 6062 “Stelline,” 1953

Featuring a rare star dial and an in-house automatic movement, this 18k yellow gold triple calendar model known as “Stelline” is one more perfect example of collectible and important Rolex watches auctioned by Phillips New York. It went under the hammer for $495,000.

Rolex Ref. 6062 “Stelline” Triple Calendar Moon Phase, 1953

Finally, here are several more auction results from the “Winning Icons – Legendary Watches of the 20th Century” Sale:

- 18k rose gold Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 (1951) – sold for $975,000
- Yellow gold Audemars Piguet Ref. 5516 (1957) – sold for $675,000
- 18k rose gold Vacheron Constantin Ref. 4764 “Cioccolatone” (1958) – sold for $387,000
- Platinum Cartier Grand Tank Cintree (1927) – sold for $350,000
- Stainless steel Panerai Marina Militare Ref. 6152-1 (1947) – sold for $106,250

Needless to say that the Phillips New York “Winning Icons” Sale was a truly exciting event that is guaranteed to be remembered for years to come!

Introducing Mido Multifort Escape Horween Special Edition Old Style Watches

Established by George G. Schaeren in 1918, Mido soon became known as a reliable manufacturer of quality luxury watches that fully justified the company’s name, which comes from the Spanish “Yo mido” meaning “I measure.” Its simple and at the same time refined designs existing beyond passing trends and fashion enjoy success until today, with numerous options created to suit any taste. Besides, both new and old watches by Mido remain some of the most affordable high-quality timepieces on the market, which makes them even more popular with those looking for Swiss accuracy at a reasonable price. This is especially true for the Escape series of old style watches from the Mido’s renowned Multifort collection.

Inspired by the 1930s Industrial Revolution, engineering prowess, and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Multifort collection introduced in 1934 is definitely one of the best in the Mido range. It boasts many interesting models for men and women, including several Escape old style watches distinguished by their vintage look. This year, Mido has decided to complement this iconic series with the Multifort Escape Horween Special Edition created in collaboration with the renowned American brand Horween Leather Company. The novelty available in two options comes with the same vintage-inspired design, though with several significant differences.

Mido Multifort Escape Horween Special Edition

Case

Paying tribute to the 1940s Multifort, each piece of the new Multifort Escape Horween Special Edition old style watches features an aged black PVD stainless steel case measuring 44mm in diameter, which makes this model the largest as compared to other Mido three-hand timepieces. Its water resistance is up to the depth of 100 meters. The case back is transparent.

Dial

The new Mido luxury watch model comes with a black dial covered by a sapphire crystal with double-sided anti-reflective coating. It is decorated with vertical Geneva stripes like those that can be found on other Escape models. Arabic numerals and hands are filled with beige Super-LumiNova offering optimum readability even in darkness. The small date aperture is placed at the 6 o’clock position.

Movement

Each piece of the Multifort Escape Horween Special Edition old style watches is powered by the self-winding mechanical Mido Caliber 80 based on ETA C07.611. It operates at the frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and provides an 80-hour power reserve when fully wound. The oscillating weight is adorned with the Mido logo and Geneva stripes.

Strap

The new luxury watch model can be fitted with a black Horween calfskin strap in American football style, made of the same leather used for manufacturing American footballs, and a beige Horween calfskin strap that will develop a beautiful patina over time. Both straps are interchangeable and supplied with the Mido Multifort Escape Horween Special Edition watch.

The Mido Multifort Escape Horween is undoubtedly one of the best old style watches introduced this year. It is already available for sale at a retail price of $1,090.

Valuing and Evaluating Old Watches

If you have ever been interested in buying or selling old watches, you have probably noticed that the price of such timepieces varies. Some old vintage watches are estimated at only a few hundred dollars, while others are sold at tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars, to say nothing of multi-million pieces auctioned by Sotheby’s and Christie’s. What is the reason for such a difference in value and cost?

Even though you will hardly find a collector who can refuse the temptation of owning an authentic antique timepiece that has transcended time and fashion, the truth is that not all old watches enjoy equal success. When it comes to pricing and evaluating vintage timepieces, there are lots of factors that should be taken into account, including the age of the watch, materials used in manufacturing, rarity, etc. Moreover, even those factors that seem insignificant can make a big difference for collectors of old watches. So how to ensure you can get top dollar for your own timepiece?

Check the condition of your watch

Just like with many other antique and collectible items, the condition of your watch is one of the most important factors in its evaluating. Needless to say that timepieces in mint condition are usually sold at higher prices than those in good or nearly good condition. Moreover, this applies not only to the movement inside of your watch – its overall look, including the condition of the case, dial, and crystal, is no less important. Plus, old watches that come with their original boxes and papers are priced higher.

Find out the brand or manufacturer

It is not a secret that vintage watches produced by such renowned companies as Rolex and Patek Philippe are now the most highly valued, which makes them increasingly popular with collectors of Haute Horlogerie masterpieces of the past. Thereby, it is important to find out what company stands behind your timepiece. Look for any brand markings, logos, or inscriptions. Consult a professional if you cannot understand them. In other words, the more you know about your vintage watch, the better chances you have to sell it for top dollar.

Know where to sell old watches for cash

If you are sure you have a truly valuable old watch and you want to sell it for cash, to go to your local pawn shop is definitely a bad idea. The only right way to get top dollar for your timepiece is to sell it online to a trustworthy company specializing in buying old watches. At King Watch Buyers, we offer not only fair prices for authentic vintage timepieces, but also provide our clients with the most convenient and simple way to sell old watches for cash without leaving their homes.

Thus, the watch condition, manufacturer, and where you sell can all greatly impact the price of your timepiece, not to mention other important factors used in valuing and evaluating. Thereby, if you want to get top dollar, you need to do some homework and properly prepare your old watch for sale.