Prototype Rolex Ref. 1665, Royal Presentation Fan Among Top Lots in Antiquorum’s Geneva Auction.
For Immediate Release
Oct. 19, 2012
Geneva, October 17th 2012, 2012 - Antiquorum, The World's Premier Auctioneers of Modern and Vintage Timepieces, is pleased to present its fall auction of "Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces" to be held on Sunday, November 11th at The Mandarin Oriental Geneva. Collectors can look forward to bidding on 613 outstanding modern and vintage timepieces. Amongst the unique and collectible highlights is an extremely rare Rolex Single Red Prototype, Ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller Submariner and a series of Patek Philippe timepieces, including a Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph and a Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph. Previews will be held in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing as well as Geneva.
It is an extremely rare and magnificent, musical, gold, painted on enamel and pearl-set fan with concealed watch and visible rose-diamond-set balance, the fan painted in watercolour and gold. This important gold and enamel musical fan is one of only three known to exist with a watch and music. A magnificent object de luxe, like the other fabulous and exotic precious objects made in Geneva at the beginning of the 19th century, this fan would have been the exclusive preserve of Royalty and the very upper echelons of polite society.
“It’s exciting to come across rare and special lots such as the Prototype Rolex Ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller Submariner and the Royal Presentation Fan, and we are proud to present them at Antiquorum’s auction,” said Evan Zimmermann, President and CEO of Antiquorum. “Items of such horological and historical importance along with a series of Patek Philippe and other very fine timepieces are sure to make this an outstanding event.”
Below are some highlights of the auction:
Antiquorum is also proud to present the Single Red Patent Pending Rolex Ref.1665 500m/1650ft – one of only six known. Produced in 1967 and never before seen at auction, there are six known examples of the “Single Red,” including this particular example. According to research, this may be one of the only two known examples with escape valve. These watches were the prototypes for subsequent production models of the Sea-Dweller. Their history, intertwined with the lives and contributions of important divers of the 1960’s make them one of the most historically significant watches that Rolex ever made, and thus one of the most important dive Rolexes to have ever come up for auction. Bought by the current consignor in the late 1980's, the watch has remained unworn in the safe since its purchase and has remained in excellent original condition.
Patek Philippe collectors will want to bid on the Patek Philippe Ref.1518, First Series. Made in 1951, it is a rare 18K yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases accompanied by the Extract from the Archives.
Another highlight of the sale is a Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Ref. 2499/100, one of the last examples to be produced. It is a very fine 18K yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with phases of the moon accompanied by the Extract from the Archives. Made in 1984, it would appear that the present watch has never been offered at auction before.
Specially presented by Antiquorum experts is the Patek Philippe Ref. 703 "Piece Unique - Pendulette Dome “The Goddess of the Sun & the Moon,” made in 1956. Given as the prize for the Dragon Gold Cup in 1956, it is the earliest known Patek Philippe enamel solar clock at auction and one of the first ever made in cloisonné enamel by Michel Deville. It is accompanied by the Extract from the Archives.
Another highlight of the sale is a Patek Philippe Celestial, Ref. 5102J. Made in 2007, this example is an extremely rare 18K yellow gold wristwatch with mean time indication, nocturnal sky chart of the Northern Hemisphere, moon phases and moon orbit, time of the meridian passage of Sirius. It is accompanied by the original fitted winding box, Certificate of Origin and a leather folder with technical and instruction information.
Not to be missed is the Patek Philippe, Ref. 1463, a very rare stainless steel wristwatch with round button chronograph, register, tachometer and Breguet numerals. Produced in 1950, the present watch is one of only approximately 20 stainless steel (Ref. 1463) with Breguet numerals on the dial known to the market.
Another noteworthy timepiece is the Rolex REF. 1665 Sea-Dweller Janus IV World Record 501M, the personal watch of the world renowned diver, Patrick Raude. One of only six made, it is an extremely rare, stainless steel wristwatch with helium escape valve produced in 1977.
Another highlight of the sale is Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Chronometer, a platinum chronometer wristwatch with enamel dial and power reserve indication made in 2010. Offered at auction for the first time, this watch won the Grand Prix de l'Horlogerie in 2009 in the men's watches category. It is accompanied by a large fitted box, original certificate of warranty, instruction booklet and COSC certificate.
About the Auction: Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Session 1: Lots 1- at 189 10 a.m.
Session 2: Lots 190-613 at 2 p.m.
Mandarin Oriental Hôtel du Rhône
Salon Saint-Gervais, Quai Turrettini 1
Tel: 022 909 00 00
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About Antiquorum: Established in Geneva in 1974, Antiquorum has carved its own unparalleled niche in the auction world through its focused expertise in horology and by cultivating a thriving collector's market for timepieces worldwide. The world's premier auctioneer of fine modern and vintage timepieces has set world records for auction sales and holds approximately ten auctions a year in Geneva, New York and Hong Kong, with previews held in major cities worldwide. Antiquorum maintains offices in Beijing, London, Milan, Munich, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo.