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!

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