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 special item. When you are ready to sell your 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
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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.
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.
What is a Tourbillon watch and how do I know if my watch is one?In 1801, Abraham-Louis Breguet patented a design for a new type of regulator called the Tourbillon. Before the wristwatch, pocket watches sat stationary on a desk or in one’s pocket. Since these watches remained in a single position, gravity took its toll, having adverse effects on the regularity of the horological movements. In pursuit of greater precision and accuracy, the tourbillon was conceived. Aptly named, the tourbillon – or “whirlwind” in French – places the entire escapement within a revolving carriage. This mobile carriage rotates consistently and averages out positional errors caused by the effects of gravity. Submit clear images of your watch and our specialists will help you identify what type of watch you have.
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.