Sotheby’s first London Watch Sales in over 4 years achieved fantastic results. The strength of the collection was paralleled only by the strength of the market, seeing the sale achieve a staggering £2,491,876, almost double the low estimate.
Sir Winston Churchill’s ‘Victory’ watch took centre stage, quadrupling its high estimate and finally selling for £485,000, a world record result, testament to this exquisite piece of horology and its historical significance. Setting the standard, the Victory watch was accompanied by other fantastic results. Particular highlights include a series of Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, all of which doubled their high estimate, a Patek Philippe ref. 1463 and a Vacheron Constantin minute repeater each realising £125,000.
Following the amazing results of our worldwide watch sales we are thrilled to announce the return of the London watch auction on the 22 September. The sale encompasses a wide variety of timepieces from the 16th century to the present day, and presents a perfect opportunity for watch enthusiasts to purchase a rare piece of horological engineering to enjoy and treasure.
The centrepiece of the auction is the ‘Victory Watch’, which was presented to Sir Winston Churchill by a group of Gevevan citizens after the Second World War. With its unique enamel dial depicting St George slaying the dragon and world time complication by Louis Cottier this watch is more than an exquisite masterpiece of horology, it is a historical testimony to the indomitable courage of those who fought in the war echoing Churchill’s call to ‘never surrender’. We also have an excellent selection of sought-after watches from the leading manufacturers, such as Patek Philippe, Cartier, Breguet, Vacheron Constantin and Rolex.