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Antiquorum November Auction "Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces" Geneva November 13th & 14th

Oct. 20, 2010

Antiquorum November Auction ...


November 13 - First Session: lots 1 - 252 at 2pm

November 14 - Second Session: lots 253 - 361 at 11am,  November 14 - Third Session: lots 362 - 643 at 2pm

Geneva - Watch collectors can look forward to Antiquorum's sale of « Important Vintage and Modern Timepieces » to be held on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 November at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva. Among the 643 timepieces, Antiquorum is extremely proud to be offering for sale an extremely rare Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 as well as the personal collection of Rolex watches of the legendary 20th century explorer Sir Edmund Hillary. Previews are to be held in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Geneva.

 The highlight of the sale is the extremely rare Patek Philippe Ref. 2499, Third Series, made in 1971 and sold on June 14, 1972. This 18K pink gold wristwatch with round button chronograph features a 30-minute register, perpetual calendar and moon phases. It is accompanied by a Patek Philippe box and the Extract from the Archives.

Estimate: 800'000 - 1'200'000 CHF

Antiquorum experts are also delighted to present the personal collection of Rolex watches that belonged to Sir Edmund Hillary. These exceptional timepieces have been consigned for sale by Lady Hillary and all had special significance for Sir Edmund.

The earliest model in this collection is a Rolex, "Oyster Perpetual, Officially Certified Chronometer", reference 6084 dating from 1953.  This watch was presented to Sir Edmund Hillary by Rolex Bosecks, Calcutta, India after his descent from Everest in honour of his achievement.  It was then worn by him during the Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1955-1958 - the first overland crossing of Antarctica and the first expedition to reach the South Pole since Scott in 1912 - and as such it has immense historic significance.  The caseback is engraved "Sir E. Hillary".

Estimate: 10'000 - 20'000 CHF

Also part of the collection, the Rolex "Oyster Perpetual Date, Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified", REF. 15238. This 18K yellow gold tonneau shaped wristwatch with date was purchased by Sir Edmund Hillary on the 50th Anniversary of the day he reached the summit of Everest, 29th May, 2003.  It is accompanied by the original Rolex certificate to Sir Edmund Hillary and a letter of authenticity.

Estimate: 8'000 - 10'000 CHF

Naturally the collection also includes both the Rolex Explorer I, reference 1016, made in 1972 - the 20th Anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary's attempt to climb Cho Oyu from the Nepal side in 1952 (Estimate: 4'000 - 6'000 CHF) and the Explorer II, reference 1655, the so-called "Steve McQueen", made in1973 and bought by Sir Edmund Hillary to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of his ascent of Everest (Estimate: 10'000 - 15'000 CHF).

In addition to Sir Edmund's collection of Rolexes, Antiquorum is delighted to offer the Rolex "Oyster Perpetual, Precision", reference 6098 that was worn by Alfred Gregory on Everest during the successful expedition of 1953. Alfred Gregory was the official expedition photographer and this watch has been consigned to Antiquorum by his family. This watch is of enormous historic significance and is likely to present the only opportunity to acquire one of the original Rolex watches that were on Everest in 1953.  The caseback is engraved "A. Gregory - Everest 1953" and the watch is accompanied by the Ice Axe used during the Everest expedition, 5 original photos taken by Alfred Gregory during the climb, service letter by Rolex Geneva and a letter of authenticity from Alfred Gregory's wife.

Estimate: 20'000 - 30'000 CHF

Also offered at auction, the Patek Philippe Ref. 3450, Third Series, made in 1985.  This very rare, self-winding, 18K yellow gold wristwatch features perpetual calendar, moon phases, Roman numerals for the leap year indication. It comes with a wooden fitted box, setting pin, Certificate of Origin and instruction booklet.

Estimate: 200'000 - 300'000 CHF

Of interest for the Audemars enthusiast is the Audemars Piguet "Jules Audemars - Répétition Minutes à Quantième Perpétuel," Ref. 26063 PT., made in 2009.  It is an extremely fine and rare, astronomic, minute-repeating, platinum wristwatch with perpetual calendar, leap year indication and moon phases. It is accompanied by the original special fitted wooden box, a piano-shaped wooden box to amplify the sound of the minute repeater, certificate and warranty.

Estimate: 120'000 - 160'000 CHF

Another timepiece of great interest is the Quarter-Repeating Navette-Shaped Ring Watch - One of Only Two Known Examples - A Gift to The Emperor Napoleon I. made circa 1810. This exceptional timepiece is attributed to Antoine Rochard, Geneva, the mainspring is signed Marchand and the case engraved "à L'Empereur N".  This extremely fine and exceptionally rare, 18K gold, pearl and rose-cut diamond-set ring watch with virgule escapement and visible balance, is one of only two known examples of a quarter-repeating ring watch of navette shape.

Estimate: 40'000 - 65'000 CHF

 Antiquorum experts are also pleased to offer a collection 40 Omega Speedmaster limited editions, property of a private Italian collector, including the "Speedmaster Professional" Apollo XIII Ref. 3450022, made in a limited series of 999 examples to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Apollo XIII mission in 1995.  This stainless steel chronograph bears the Apollo XIII emblem on the subsidiary seconds dial at 9. It comes with the original box, warranty, certificate, instruction booklet, Apollo XIII patch, extra links and booklet.

Estimate : 3'500 - 4'500 CHF


The timepieces of this auction will be on view as follows:


Tuesday November 2: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Antiquorum Shanghai

Room 4106B, Bund Centre Office Tower,

222 Yan An Road East,

Shanghai 200002, China

Tel.+86 21 6335 1268



Thursday November 4: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 Antiquorum Auctioneers (HK) Ltd.

Suite 704, No. 9 Queen's Road Central,

Hong Kong

Tel. + 852 2522 4168



Saturday November 6: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Gemdale Eton

No. 298 Jinyi Road, Xiangzhou District


Tel. + 852 2522 4168



Wednesday 10 to Friday November 12: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday 13 & Sunday November 14: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Antiquorum's Showroom

2, rue du Mont-Blanc

1201 Geneva, Switzerland

Tel.+ 41 (0)22 909 28 50 - Fax. +41 (0)22 909 28 60



AUCTION: Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Saturday, November 13

Session 1: lots 1 - 252 at 2:00 p.m.


Sunday, November 14

Session 2: lots 253 - 361 at 11:00 a.m.
Session 2: lots 362 - END at 2:00 p.m.


Mandarin Oriental Hotel du Rhône

Salon Saint-Gervais - quai Turrettini 1, 1201 Genève

Tel.+ 41 (0)22 909 00 00 - Fax +41 (0)22 909 00 10