Nate Borgelt

  • Vice President | Senior International Specialist
New York


Nate Borgelt joined Sotheby's in 2013 as a Specialist in the Watches & Clocks Department in New York. Always interested in mechanical objects, his love of watches and watchmaking began with an affinity for early American timepieces which eventually branched out to 19th century timepieces and automata.  Before joining Sotheby’s, Nate began his career in New York in the bid department and as an assistant to the auctioneer at a renowned international auction house. Nate continued to work at several international auction houses specializing in horology, becoming a Specialist in 2009. Nate has been regularly instrumental in the sale of important and rare timepieces worldwide, including a previously unknown Cartier Comet Clock, Cartier Tortoise Clock and a world record Patek Philippe 3974P, along with multiple pieces with exceptional provenance from Elvis Presley, Charlie Chaplin and Joe DiMaggio.

Nate is particularly passionate about vintage Rolex, Omega and Panerai watches.

Nate Borgelt has lectured on watches and automata as well as the auction market, has contributed to several luxury lifestyle magazines and websites and is a regular at North American watch shows.  Nate is a graduate of Deerfield Academy and Connecticut College with a degree in Indigenous Cultures of the Americas, Australia and New Zealand, as well as American Comparative Race and Ethnicity and Studio Art.

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