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Rolex and Gem-Set Watches Underscore Antiquorum’s July Auction in Hong Kong

For Immediate Release

July 12, 2016

Rolex and Gem-Set ...

July 12, 2016, Hong Kong– Antiquorum’s Hong Kong auction of “Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces” held on Saturday, July 9 at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, concluded with an outstanding result totaling HKD$ 56,365,625. The sale of 490 fine and highly collectible timepieces attracted a standing room only crowd. Spirited bidding came from all corners of the world including from China, Hong Kong, Italy, Taiwan, Japan, the United States, as well as Switzerland.

Highlighting the sale was the Rolex Ref. 6036 “Jean Claude Killy” Chronograph in Pink Gold. After minutes of intense bidding, the extremely rare and collectible vintage Rolex with triple date calendar sold to an online bidder for HKD$2,670,000.

Rolex continues to be in great demand by collectors worldwide. The Rolex Ref. 6241 Paul Newman Daytona 14K Yellow Gold drew considerable attention and attained HKD 2,250,000; while The Rolex Ref. 5513 Military Submariner Steel Wristwatch inspired fierce competition and ultimately sold for an impressive HKD 1,086,000. The Rolex Ref. 6239 Paul Newman Daytona in steel also achieved a significant result, selling for HKD 834,000.

“We noticed particularly aggressive bidding from collectors in the room and on the internet for exceptional Rolex examples offered in the auction,” said Evan Zimmermann, President & CEO, Antiquorum Auctioneers. “We were especially impressed by the remarkable result for the Rolex Ref. 6036 Jean Claude Killy in today’s sale.”

Gem-set wristwatches realized spectacular prices in the sale. The Franck Muller Calibre 97, Grande and Petite Sonnerie Minute Repeater Platinum and Diamond Wristwatch was highly sought-after by collectors and sold for HKD 1,590,000; while the Chopard Ref. 4250 Imperiale Tourbillon Baguette Diamond Wristwatch with Matching Ring, Cufflinks and Ballpoint Pen fetched HKD 1,518,000.

“We were pleased to see highly competitive bidding for the gem-set timepieces presented in our July auction,” said Julien Schaerer, Auctioneer and Managing Director of Antiquorum Geneva. “The rare and beautifully set diamond wristwatches appealed to both watch and jewelry enthusiasts across the globe resulting in impressive prices at the top end of their estimates.”

Antiquorum looks forward to its next auction in Hong Kong on September 17 which will include an outstanding collection of luxury modern and vintage timepieces from the world’s leading brands.

The “Top Lots” of the July 9th sale are as follows:

Rolex Ref 6036 “Jean Claude Killy” Chronograph in Pink gold. It is recognized only 170 examples of the REF. 6036 were produced in yellow gold and 144 in pink gold. It is one of Rolex 's rarest complications in original condition within a pink gold case. This example is in excellent overall condition the case retains strong hallmarks and light oxidation to the gold around the calendar adjusters from prolonged storage. The two-tone dial retains its original characteristics while taking on an attractive and even patina. Accompanied by the original fitted box, guarantee (now void) and instructions Lot 469
ROLEX Ref 6036
Estimate: HKD 2,000,000 to 2,800,000
Sold including Buyer’s Premium: HKD$2,670,000

Rolex Ref 6241, 14K gold Daytona “Paul Newman”. Made in 1969, it is a very rare 14K yellow gold wristwatch with round button chronograph, registers, tachometer, anti-reflect black bezel and a 14K yellow gold riveted Rolex Oyster bracelet with deployant clasp.
Lot 468
ROLEX Ref 6241
Estimate: HKD 800,000-1,200,000
Sold including Buyer’s Premium: HKD$2,250,000

Franck Muller Calibre 97 Platinum and Diamond wristwatch, made circa 2000. This is an exceptional and possibly unique wristwatch with grande and petite sonnerie minute repeater, retrograde perpetual calendar, equation of time, moon phase, 24 hour display and platinum Franck Muller buckle set with 8 round diamonds.
Lot 489
Estimate: HKD 800,000-1,600,000
Sold including Buyer’s Premium: HKD 1,590,000

Chopard Ref. 4250 Imperiale Tourbillon Baguette Diamond wristwatch in white gold with matching ring, cufflinks and ballpoint pen. Produced circa 2010, this is a very rare 18K white gold baguette diamond chronometer wristwatch with visible one- minute tourbillon regulator and 8-day power reserve.
Lot 490
Chopard Ref 4250
Estimate: HKD 800,000-1,600,000
Sold including Buyer’s Premium: HKD$1,518,000

Patek Philippe Ref. 5102 Celestial white gold wristwatch, made in May 2007. This is an extremely fine and unusual astronomic wristwatch with mean time indication, nocturnal sky of the Northern Hemisphere, moon phases and moon orbit and time of the meridian passage of Sirius and moon.
Lot 189
Estimate: HKD 930,000-1,400,000
Sold including Buyer’s Premium: HKD$1,314,000

Richard Mille, Ref. RM004 Split-second Chronograph in Pink Gold. Made in 2007, sold January 7th , 2008, it is a very fine and rare , tonneau-shaped and curved , 18K pink gold wristwatch with square button split-seconds chronograph , register , tachometer, torque indicator, power reserve and 18K pink gold and titanium Richard Mille double deployant clasp.
Lot 202
Richard Mille Ref RM004
Estimate: HKD 620,000-930,000
Sold including Buyer’s Premium: HKD$1,158,000

Rolex Ref. 5513 Military Submariner in steel. Made circa 1972 and issued to the British Royal Navy in 1974, this is a very rare hacking center seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel military diver’s wristwatch with fixed bar lugs. This example with original configuration that retains its correct hands, dial, bezel and case-back is very rare to find and is referred to as a “Full Spec” example.
Lot 461
ROLEX Ref 5513
Estimate: HKD 775,000-1,165,000
Sold including Buyer’s Premium: HKD$1,086,000

Patek Philippe Ref. 5550P Platinum wristwatch which made in a special edition of 300 pieces, sold February 1st, 2013. This is a very fine, rare and innovative, self-winding, water-resistant, sealed, platinum wristwatch with perpetual calendar, moon phases, silicon escape wheel, Silinvar Spiromax balance spring and a platinum Patek Philippe deployant clasp. Accompanied by the original winding box with Advanced Research port hole, Certificate of Origin, booklets, solid platinum case back, service box, hang tag and push pin.
Lot 185
Estimate: HKD 460,000-620,000
Sold including Buyer’s Premium: HKD$1,050,000

Richard Mille Ref. RM035 Rafael Nadal Edition America’s Ceramic Carbon wristwatch, No. 37/50. Made in a Limited Edition of 50 pieces for the Richard Mille North American Boutiques in 2015. Very fine, rare and unusual, tonneau-shaped and curved, skeletonized, TZP ceramic and NTPT carbon wristwatch with 55 hour power reserve and a titanium/PVD Richard Mille sprung double deployant clasp. Accompanied by the original fitted box and certificate.
Lot 201
Richard Mille Ref RM 035 CA-TZP/839
Estimate: HKD380,000 – 540,000
Sold including Buyer’s Premium: HKD$930,000

Rolex Ref 6239, Paul Newman Daytona with white dial .Made circa 1966. This is a very fine and very rare, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with round-button chronograph, registers, tachometer and a stainless steel Rolex riveted bracelet.
Lot 466
ROLEX Ref 6239
Estimate: HKD466, 000 – 700,000
Sold including Buyer’s Premium: HKD$834,000

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. WWW.ANTIQUORUM.COM

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