Sotheby’s Luxury Watch Sale Results: Fine Timepieces including George Daniels Masterpieces
Sotheby’s Fine Timepieces Sale held in London on September 19 brought a total of $6.3 million. Featuring an array of rare high-end watches, including four masterpieces by a famous horologist Dr. George Daniels, it was undoubtedly a resounding success. Among other important lots were modern and old vintage watches by such renowned brands as Cartier, A. Lange & Söhne, Rolex, and Patek Philippe. No wonder, it was indeed a perfect opportunity for all luxury watch connoisseurs to add a real gem to their collections. So what are the results? Here are top 6 lots sold for over $100,000.
6. Harry Winston Reversible Double Dialled Minute Repeating Tourbillon
This important limited edition luxury watch is a true horological marvel. Featuring a reversible platinum case and equipped with a whole set of sophisticated complications, including a minute repeater, moon phases, date indication, and tourbillon, it is sure to adorn any wrist and collection. Estimated at $108,000-162,000, it was sold for $118,000.
5. Vintage Rolex Daytona ‘Paul Newman’ Chronograph Ref. 6239
This rare stainless steel Rolex Daytona ‘Paul Newman’ luxury watch created circa 1968 is distinguished by a twinlock crown, rare bracelet, second series bezel calibrated for 300 units, and a black dial with white chrono sub-dials and red detailing. Estimated at $68,000-108,000, it was sold for impressive $144,000.
4. Patek Philippe Platinum Chronograph Ref. 5070
Inspired by vintage Patek Philippe split-second chronograph watches manufactured in the 1950s, this luxury watch is an early example of the rare Ref. 5070 produced in 2008-2010 in platinum. In fact, there are only 18 pieces of this stunning model worldwide. Estimated at $95,000-135,000, this important Patek Philippe was sold for $169,000.
3. Vintage Rolex Daytona ‘Paul Newman’ Chronograph Ref. 6262
One more rare vintage Rolex Daytona sold by Sotheby’s is the Ref. 6262. This stainless steel watch with a distinctive ‘Paul Newman’ dial, original button pushers, and the 727 Valjoux caliber is called the most iconic of all vintage sports luxury watches. Estimated at $68,000-108,000, it went under the hammer for $194,000.
2. George Daniels Millennium with Slim Co-Axial Escapement
Designed by George Daniels in 1997, this rare Millennium 18k yellow gold model with an off-centered calendar indication boasts one of the first Omega co-axial movements modified by this talented horologist. Estimated at $108,000-162,000, it was sold for a staggering hammer price of $270,000.
1. George Daniels Space Traveller Pocket Watch
The highlight of the sale was a true George Daniels masterpiece created circa 1982. Featuring annual calendar, moon phases and age, sidereal and mean solar time, equation of time indication, and chronograph complications, this unique 18k yellow gold watch with an independent double-wheel escapement is undoubtedly one of the best Daniels creations. Estimated at $1.6-2.4 million, it was sold for a record $4.3 million, thus becoming the most expensive George Daniels luxury watch ever sold at auction.
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