Lot 2189
  • 2189


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  • Assembled by a dedicated Swatch collector over the years, this is one of the largest Swatch collections in private hands ever known. Comprising over 5,800 Swatch watches from 1983 to 2008 and beyond, featuring rare and exclusive prototypes, limited and special edition, along with meticulously collected artwork relating to Swatch designs. This collection includes approximately 5630 Standard Swatch, 45 prototypes and 19 Maxi Swatch.


All the watches are in unworn pristine condition, please note that the functionality and time keeping accuracy of the watches have not been tested. This collection represents the dedication and passion of the owner Paul Dunkel spreading across 25 years. He acquired the watches via various means including exchange forums, auctions and retail outlets globally. The acrylic presentation stands that accompany the watches are the efforts of a professional Swatch expert shop to better preserve the watches and illustrate the spirit of Swatch. To our specialist's opinion, some of the watches, particularly the prototypes of the collection, are likely configured versions of the factory version, which are presumably experimental ventures at the time.We would like to offer this Swatch collection as not merely a watch or art collection, but a holistic experience that captures the essence of the Swatch brand.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

Important Notice regarding importation into the United States of Rolex watches
Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."