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Fresh to the Market Timepieces Highlight Antiquorum's November Auction

For Immediate Release

Nov. 15, 2016

Fresh to the ...

Fresh to the Market and Historically Significant Timepieces Highlight Antiquorum’s November Geneva Auction

November14, 2016, Geneva – Antiquorum’s auction of “Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces” held on Sunday, November 13 at the Mandarin Oriental in Geneva, totaled CHF 5,313,520. The sale of 559 fine and highly collectible timepieces attracted a standing room only crowd, in addition to several hundred registered Internet bidders and phone bidders from around the world.

The highlight of the sale was the Rolex Ref. 6238 Pre-Daytona with Tropical Transitional 6234 Dial (Lot 559) offered from the property of the original Swiss owner. The extremely rare chronograph still equipped with caliber 72A and beautifully aged dial drew scores of bidders worldwide. After minutes of intense bidding between eight international bidders, the fresh to the market wristwatch sold to a US phone bidder for CHF 305,000, over quadruple its high estimate.

“We are thrilled with the outcome for the exceptional Rolex Ref. 6238 Pre-Daytona in our November auction,” said Julien Schaerer, Managing Director of Antiquorum Geneva. “As demonstrated in today’s sale, rare fresh to the market timepieces continue to drive extraordinary results.”

The Vacheron Constanin “Les Cabinotiers” Limited Edition No. 8 also appealed to collectors; the platinum minute-repeating skeletonized wristwatch sold for CHF 209,000.

Another important timepiece from the property of the original family attracted considerable attention; four bidders competed for the Patek Philippe Ref. 130 (lot 543) in steel, which finally sold to a Chinese collector for an outstanding CHF 155,000 against a pre-auction estimate of CHF 60,000 – 80,000.

Other rare vintage timepieces also inspired passionate bidding. A Swiss and a Chinese collector aggressively competed for The Ilbery Large Chinese Market Watch “A Grand View of the Sea Shore” in Gold and Enamel (lot 158), ultimately selling to the Chinese bidder for CHF 129,800, over double its estimate. Also inspiring heated competition, three bidders fought over the Paul Ditisheim “Grand Prix De Paris 1900 “ (lot 459). The 18K gold deck chronometer with one-minute tourbillon with detent escapement was acquired for CHF 125,000, nearly double its high estimate.

History aficionados and collectors of marine chronometers were drawn to the Louis Berthoud No. 35 Marine Chronometer Made for Captain Nicholas Baudin For His Exploration of Australia (lot 460). During his celebrated voyage in 1801, he mapped the Western and Southern coasts of Australia as well as discovered over 2,500 new species. This historical timepiece clearly resonated with collectors and will be headed “home” as it was sold to an Australian bidder for CHF 185,000, nearly three times its high estimate.

Also inspiring active bidding, the Rolex Ref. 1807 Red Stella Dial Given by The Shah of Iran to George Papadopoulos (lot 138) fared well at auction. The rare and historically important Day-Date given by the Shah of Iran to the Greek Dictator George Papadopoulos was acquired by an Italian collector for CHF 45,000, over double its high estimate

“In today’s auction, we saw strong bidding for important historical timepieces,” said Etienne Lemenager, Director and Watch Expert of Antiquorum Geneva. “ As confirmed by the results for the Berthoud marine chronometer that belonged to Captain Nicolas Baudin; the Paul Ditisheim “Grand Prix De Paris 1900” deck chronometer; and the Rolex Ref. 1807 Day-Date with Red Stella Dial given by the Shah of Iran to the Greek Dictator George Papadopoulos, collectors today are willing to pay a premium for timepieces associated with important historical figures and events.”

Omega also achieved an exceptional result in the sale. Confirming the popularity of the Speedmaster, the Omega Speedmaster Ed White with Earlier Tropical Ref. 2998-2 Dial sold for a staggering CHF 50,000, five times its estimate.

Antiquorum looks forward to its next auction on November 27 in Hong Kong, which will include an outstanding selection of rare and important timepieces from sought-after brands such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, and FP Journe.

The top lots for the November 13th auction are as follows:

Lot 559
ROLEX REF. 6238 PRE-DAYTONA WITH TROPICAL TRANSITIONAL 6234 DIAL STEEL Made in 1961. Very fine and rare, water-resistant, manual winding, stainless steel wristwatch with round button chronograph, registers and tachometer with a stainless steel Rolex Ref. 7835 folded bracelet.
ROLEX Ref 6238
Sold for: CHF 305,000

Lot 212
VACHERON CONSTANTIN REF. 30030 LES CABINOTIERS SKELETON MINUTE REPEATER LIMITED EDITION NO. 8 PLATINUM. Made circa 2006. Extremely fine and important, skeletonized platinum minute-repeating wristwatch with a platinum Vacheron Constantin buckle. Accompanied by a fitted box.
Vacheron Constantin Ref. 30030
Sold for: CHF 209,000

Lot 460
LOUIS BERTHOUD NO. 35 MADE FOR CAPITAIN NICHOLAS BAUDIN FOR HIS EXPLORATION OF AUSTRALIA Louis Berthoud Horloger de la Marine, No. 35, sold on 22nd October 1799 to the Marine Ministery for the use of Capitain Nicholas Baudin. Extremely rare and historically silver-cased important marine chronometer. Accompanied by the original fitted box, winding key, pusher, and two books (The Baudin Expedition and the Tasmanian Aborigines limited edition No. 684/1000 and The Journal of Nicolas Baudin 1800 to 1803).
Louis Berthoud
Sold for: CHF 185,000

Lot 543
PATEK PHILIPPE REF. 130 STEEL Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, movement No. 867181, case No. 630159. Ref. 130. Made circa 1948. Very fine and rare, "Staybrite" stainless steel wristwatch with square button chronograph, register, tachometer and a stainless steel Patek Philippe buckle. Accompanied by the extract from the archives and a Patek Philippe service invoice dated 2003 in the amount of Euro 6'611.
Sold for: CHF 155,000

Lot 448
A LANGE & SOHNE REF. 760.025 RICHARD LANGE TOURBILLON POUR LE MERITE PLATINUM, No. 045 / 100. Made in a Limited Edition of 100 pieces sold in July 2014. Extremely fine and rare platinum wristwatch with visible one-minute tourbillon, off-center hour dial with pivoting dial segment, large central minute dial and a platinum A. Lange & Söhne deployant clasp. Accompanied by the original fitted box, a travel box, instruction booklet and warranty.
A LANGE & SOHNE REF. 760.025
Sold for: CHF 149,000

Lot 158
ILBERY LARGE CHINESE MARKET WATCH "A GRAND VIEW OF THE SEA SHORE" GOLD AND ENAMEL Ilbery, London, No. 6539, the enamel in the manner of Claude Vernet (1714-1789), attributed to Jean-Louis Richter (1766-1841), Geneva. Made for the Chinese market, circa 1820. Extremely fine and very rare, large, 18K gold, champlevé and painted on enamel and pearl-set pocket watches with center second and duplex escapement.
Sold for: CHF 129,800

Lot 556
ROLEX REF. 6263 COSMOGRAPH ORIGINAL BOX AND CERTFICATE YELLOW GOLD. Sold in December 1984. Very fine and rare, water-resistant, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with round button chronograph, registers, tachometer, antireflective black bezel and a 18K yellow gold Rolex bracelet Ref. 7205 with deployant clasp. Accompanied by the original warranty, fitted box and booklet.
Sold for: CHF 125,000

Lot 459
PAUL DITISHEIM ''GRAND PRIX DE PARIS 1900'' Premier aux Concours Chronométriques de l'Observatoires de Neuchatel Paul Ditisheim, Chaux-de-Fonds (Suisse), No. 22311, Grand Prix Exposition Universelle,Paris 1900. Very rare and important heavy 18K gold keyless deck Chronometer with one minute tourbillon with detent escapement in original fitted three-body mahogany box. Accompanied by a 1908 Bulletin de Marche from the Observatoire Astronomique et Chronométrique de Neuchâtel and the original certificate with the original envelope.
Paul Ditisheim
Sold for: CHF 125,000

Lot 309
PATEK PHILIPPE REF. 533 BLACK DIAL PINK GOLD. Made in 1938, sold on November 28th, 1939. Very fine and very rare, 18K pink gold wristwatch with square button chronograph, black dial, register, tachometer. Accompanied by the Extract from the Archives.
Sold for: CHF 118,750

Lot 469
GIRARD PERREGAUX REF. 99060, SKELETON TOURBILLON AUTOMATIC THREE GOLDEN BRIDGES PINK GOLD No. 37. Made in a limited edition circa 2015. Extremely fine and rare, large, self-winding, water-resistant, 18K pink gold skeletonized wristwatch with one-minute tourbillon regulator under three 18K pink gold bridges and an 18K pink gold Girard- Perregaux deployant clasp. Accompanied by a fitted box and certificate of authenticity and blank warranty card.
Sold for: CHF 100,000