NEW YORK - The quintessential perpetual calendar chronograph from Patek Philippe, the Reference 2499, headlines the upcoming December 10th auction in New York. The Reference 2499, introduced in 1950, was the follow-up to the first perpetual calendar chronograph produced by the company, the 1518. The Reference 2499 is offered for the first time at auction with a beautiful original, unrestored and untouched dial. The watch is further complimented with the original brown strap and 18k yellow gold buckle.
The Reference 2499 will be offered in the Important Watches sale on December 10th.
Patek Philippe enamel dial wristwatches are also presented with three lots from a New York Collector. All three feature birds on the dial, two also completely pavé-set with diamonds and either rubies or sapphires and all three remain in their original factory seals. Lot 309 starts the set out with an incredible portrait of an American Bald Eagle by Anita Porchet, a master enamellist. It is one of three made with this particular bird on the dial and the only one with the bird in the position of display. Lots 310 and 311 feature a Blue Bird and Parrot respectively, and are superb examples of the enamel work coming from Patek Philippe.
The Patek Philippe with portrait of an American Bald Eagle by Anita Porchet will be offered in the Important Watches sale on December 10th.
Rounding out the Patek Philippe wristwatches in the sale is the Reference 5004 platinum perpetual calendar split-seconds chronograph. The 5004 takes the successful combination of the calendar and chronograph and adds the further complication with the split-second function. The watch additionally features a rare black dial with diamond markers.
The Reference 5004 platinum perpetual calendar split-seconds chronograph will be offered in the Important Watches sale on December 10th.
British horology is represented very well with a Charles Frodsham & Co. presentation piece made for J.P Morgan and given to Thomas Cochran III upon becoming partner at the firm. The watch, a grand complication, consists of a tourbillon, split-second chronograph, and a minute-repeater is housed in a massive 18k yellow gold open face case. The watch is distinguished among other J.P. Morgan presentation watches by having a full engraving of the original owner’s name to the cuvette, a feature which is not found on other contemporary examples.
Rolex sports models continue to be extremely sought after and a particularly rare reference is featured in the December sale. The GMT-Master Ref. 6542 is an icon in its own right, combining rarity and condition to create a stunning offering. Presented in 18k yellow gold, this particular example has wonderfully preserved crisp lines to the lugs and an original Bakelite bezel insert. The insert, prone to cracks to the fragile material, is offered in exceptional original condition with no cracks or blemishes.
Vintage Rolex watches are well represented in the December sale with a selection of three Paul Newman dial Daytonas (lots 89, 91 and 94). With the Daytona celebrating 50 years this year these examples are sure to attract attention with their well-preserved cases and striking original dials. A particularly rare example is lot 91, which was made in 18 karat yellow gold with a beautifully matched dial. There are also two fantastic examples of original black dial Oyster Cosmographs (lots 90 and 93) in stainless steel.
(left) An original black dial Oyster Cosmograph in stainless steel. (right) A Paul Newman dial Daytona. Both will be offered in the Important Watches sale on December 10th.
Jacob & Co. released the first 31 day power reserve wristwatch in 2007 in the form of the Quenttin wristwatch. This massive watch is offered in pink gold with pink carbon fiber accents to the case band and is in exceptional condition. The watch is a fantastic example of the combination of mechanics and design which modern watchmakers are stretching the limits of each year.
The Jacob & Co. Quenttin wristwatch will be offered in the Important Watches sale on December 10th.
Vintage repeating wristwatches are always a sought-after commodity, and lot 64 is an outstanding example of a mid-century Vacheron Constantin ultra-thin minute repeater. This piece, with its unique two-tone dial with Arabic and dart indexes, is wonderfully preserved both inside and out.
Sotheby’s is also extremely proud to present “Contemporary Classics: A Gentleman’s Passion,” an exceptional gathering of rare modern sports watches. With examples from Audemars Piguet, Panerai, IWC, Rolex and other top brands, the collection gives bidders an opportunity to create an instant collection with unique and exceptional pieces from a single owner. Complications within the collection include tourbillon watches, perpetual calendars, split second chronographs, extended power reserves and a rare split minute chronograph wristwatch.
(left) A Limited Edition White Gold Automatic Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Wristwatch. (right) A Limited Edition Pink Gold Automatic Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Wristwatch. Both will be offered in the Important Watches sale on December 10th.
Whether a bidder is looking to find a piece for everyday wear or to add to a vintage collection, the Sotheby’s New York Important Watches sale on December 10th certainly has a watch for everyone.