Luxury Watch Consignment
Whether you own one exceptional watch or a large collection of timepieces, there comes a time when you might consider consigning your watch. When you are ready to sell a luxury watch, Sotheby’s is at the ready to help you realise the highest price for your timepiece.
Today’s watches market is stronger than ever. Sotheby's watch specialists have cultivated strong relationships with the world’s most active collectors. Live watch auctions are held in London, New York, Geneva and Hong Kong, and online watch auctions and private sales also have broad appeal. In 2017, 1,035 collectors bid in dedicated watches sales (an increase of 20 percent over 2016) and, since 2013, almost 2,900 bidders from 81 countries have bid on timepieces in our New York salesroom. Sotheby’s, your most reliable resource for watch appraisal and consignment, continues to outpace market competitors, often achieving hammer prices well above our estimates.The 10 Most Spectacular Watches Sold at Sothebys in 2018Launch Slideshow
Selling Watches with Sotheby's is Simple
1. Request an estimate online
2. Meet with a specialist in person in your nearest city
Talk to a Watch Specialist
GENEVA: +41 22 531 00 24
NEW YORK: +1 646 568 1233
LOS ANGELES: +1 310 274 0340
HONG KONG: +852 5808 2138
LONDON: +44 20 3868 8955
TOKYO: +81 3 6770 2873
Watches Consigned with Sotheby's
2289LotPatek PhilippePatek Philippereference 2499, first series a highly important and historically interesting yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases and vichet case, made in 19513 April 2019 | Sale Price 11,935,000 HKDEstimate 8,000,000 – 16,000,000 HKD3 April 2019 | Sale Price 11,935,000 HKDImportant Watches3 April 2019 | 11:00 AM HKT | Hong Kong
2327LotROLEX | SUBMARINER EMERALD, REFERENCE 116649EM A LIMITED EDITION WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND AND EMERALD-SET WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET, CIRCA 2010Rolexsubmariner emerald, reference 116649em a limited edition white gold, diamond and emerald-set wristwatch with date and bracelet, circa 20103 April 2019 | Sale Price 2,187,500 HKDEstimate 1,600,000 – 2,500,000 HKD3 April 2019 | Sale Price 2,187,500 HKDImportant Watches3 April 2019 | 11:00 AM HKT | Hong Kong
2304LotMB&FMB&Flegacy machine perpetual, reference 03.wl.b a white gold perpetual calendar semi-skeletonised wristwatch with power reseve and leap year indication, circa 20173 April 2019 | Sale Price 812,500 HKDEstimate 550,000 – 700,000 HKD3 April 2019 | Sale Price 812,500 HKDImportant Watches3 April 2019 | 11:00 AM HKT | Hong Kong
Frequently Asked Questions
- What types of watches does Sotheby's buy and sell?Sotheby’s Watches sells the finest timepieces from the 16th to the 21st centuries, including pocket watches, wristwatches, tourbillons and perpetual calendars. Whether you’ve inherited your watch or are looking to update your collection, the worldwide authority in valuing and selling luxury watches, makes consigning easy and rewarding.
While Sotheby's does not buy watches directly, we offer year-round sales into which you can quickly and privately consign your watch. If you would like more information about a specific watch brand, please click below to find out more:
A. Lange & Söhne
Van Cleef & Arpels
- Can I sell watches online with Sotheby's?Absolutely. Throughout the year, we hold live and online watch auctions that attract global audiences competing for the top luxury watches. When you submit a watch for review by one of our specialists, they will consider it for consignment in both online and live sales.
- Which watch models consistently perform well at watch auctions?Watch enthusiasts are particularly fond of Rolex Daytona, Rolex Submariner, Patek Philippe Calatrava, Patek Philippe Nautilus, Audemar Piguet Royal Oak and Cartier Tank watches. Sotheby's is your best resource to sell these luxury watches and much more.
In addition to Sotheby’s live sales , online auctions also attract watch collectors and connoisseurs. From Patek Philippe's special edition of their iconic world time reference 5130, to A. Lange & Söhne's limited-edition minute repeater, and an experimental Rolex watch, Sotheby's online auctions are a top-quality option for consignors to sell their watch quickly and to a broad international audience.
- What is the most elaborate complication in a watch?Typically, the first examples that spring to mind are watches incorporating perpetual calendars and tourbillons. While these are by no means easy feats in watchmaking, they are somewhat overshadowed by what is widely considered "the most complex of horological complications" – the grande sonnerie or grand strike complication. This can be seen on an example such F.P. Journe's Grande et Petite Sonnerie Souveraine. This piece combines a quarter striking mechanism with a minute repeating mechanism, which allows the user to hear the time striking as it passes and to activate a minute repeating function on demand.
- How much does it cost to have Sotheby's appraise my watch?Sotheby's does not perform appraisals but rather we provide auction estimates for all watches we believe we can sell at auction. Our auction estimate evaluations are complimentary and do not cost you anything. If your watch is a good fit for one of our auctions, your dedicated specialist will provide you with a sale recommendation and expected sale value. They will be able to assist you with any questions about commission, shipping, or sale timing. If we believe your watch would sell better elsewhere, we will try and give you a recommendation for an alternate venue.