Legendary Old Watches to Be Auctioned by Phillips

For the first time ever, Phillips will host its renowned auction of the rarest and finest old watches in New York. The important event titled “Winning Icons – Legendary Watches of the 20th Century” will be held next week, on October 26.

Featuring fifty iconic high-end luxury watches created by the best manufacturers, the Phillips New York sale promises to be a delight for serious collectors of old watches and connoisseurs alike. The highlight of the upcoming auction is the original Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Paul Newman” worn by the Hollywood icon himself. This historically significant stainless steel luxury watch with an “exotic” dial was purchased by Joanne Woodward, who made a lovely inscription “Drive Carefully Me” and gave it as a gift to her husband Paul Newman in 1968. Thus, while all vintage “Paul Newman” Daytonas offered for sale are always popular with collectors of rare timepieces, this one is still exceptional. Its low estimate is $1 million, though it is sure to be sold for a much higher price.

Original Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona worn by Paul Newman himself, 1968

However, this Rolex is not the only important lot to be auctioned by Phillips. Here are several other rare and fine old watches that will be available for sale on October 26:

1. Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, 1951

Both old and modern Patek Philippe luxury watches always make a big splash when put up for sale. This year is not an exception as the upcoming Phillips auction features a very rare 18k rose gold Patek Philippe chronograph equipped with perpetual calendar and moon phases complications. It is estimated at $600,000 – 1,200,000.

Rare Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, 1951

2. Audemars Piguet Ref. 5516 Perpetual Calendar, 1957

Distinguished by its technical ingenuity, superb aesthetics, and exquisite quality, this yellow gold perpetual calendar model featuring moon phases and leap year indication is one of only nine pieces manufactured by Audemars Piguet in 1957. Its estimated cost is $300,000 – 600,000.

Rare Audemars Piguet Ref. 5516 Perpetual Calendar, 1957

3. Cartier Grand Tank Cintree, 1927

This exceptionally fine and rare piece of Cartier old watches was manufactured in 1927. With its large, curved platinum case and platinum Cartier bracelet, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful luxury watches of the time. It is estimated at $250,000 – 500,000.

Rare Cartier Grand Tank Cintree Platinum, 1927

4. Vacheron Constantin Ref. 4764 “Cioccolatone” Triple Calendar, 1958

Distinguished by its large, square-shaped 18k rose gold case with rounded stepped bezel and lugs, this Vacheron Constantin Triple Calendar model with moon phases indication, known as “Cioccolatone,” is another piece of highly collectible vintage fine watches. Its estimated cost is $200,000 – 400,000.

Rare Vacheron Constantin Ref. 4764 “Cioccolatone” Triple Calendar, 1958

5. Panerai Marina Militare Ref. 6152-1, 1947

One more exceptional example of rare and important old watches that will be auctioned by Phillips is the Panerai Marina Militare made for the Italian Navy in 1947. This oversized stainless steel diver’s model is estimated at $80,000 - 160,000.

Rare Panerai Marina Militare Ref. 6152-1, 1947

It is not difficult to guess that the Phillips New York “Winning Icons – Legendary Watches of the 20th Century” sale will be memorable. We cannot wait to see the auction results!