Watches

Overview

Sotheby’s Watches department offers the finest timepieces from the 16th to the 21st centuries, including pocket watches, wristwatches, tourbillons and perpetual calendars.

Sotheby's Watches auctions showcase the thriving international nature of this category. Our international team has cultivated strong relationships with the world’s most active collectors and connoisseurs. This is reflected in the wide-ranging and intense global presence at our sales; 1,960 bidders from 72 countries enthusiastically participated in 2016, with Watches NY receiving bidders from 50 countries in December 2016, the highest number in any given sale at Sotheby’s.

Our specialists’ combined knowledge and experience is unparalleled in this category and the department has consistently achieved benchmark prices. Sotheby’s continues to hold the auction record for any watch – $24 million for Patek Philippe’s no. 198.385 the Henry Graves Supercomplication, breaking its own record from 1999 when it sold for $11 million. Other significant records were achieved in 2012 – a watch owned by Henry Graves Jr. in the Graves Fullerton Collection sale, an 18k Yellow Gold Minute Repeating Wristwatch by Patek Philippe achieved nearly $3 million. Sotheby's has also offered for sale some of the most significant collections of horology, including the most important collection ever to appear at auction: Masterpieces from the Time Museum, which realized $58.6 million.

In 2016, Sotheby’s London achieved the highest sale record for any Charles Frodsham & Co. timepiece sold at auction. An 18k Yellow Gold Minute Repeating Split Seconds Chronograph Watch presented to William Gould Harding by JP Morgan realized over $350,000.

Sotheby’s New York continues to outpace our market competitors achieving a sell through rate of 90%, with 95% selling above our low estimate in our last Important Watches sale in December 2016.

Sotheby’s Geneva generated significant interest from across the world in 2013, when the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince” sold for CHF 173,000 ($189,600) with the entire proceeds from the sale benefitting the Antoine de Saint Exupery Foundation to contribute to the construction of a school in Cambodia.

Auctions are held in London, New York, Geneva and Hong Kong.

Email the Geneva, New York, Hong Kong, or London Watches departments at
genevawatches@sothebys.com
newyorkwatches@sothebys.com
hongkongwatches@sothebys.com
londonwatches@sothebys.com

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Contact Us

GENEVA:
+41 22 908 48 13
NEW YORK:
+1 212 606 7184
HONG KONG:
+852 2822 8117
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 5793

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Contacts

  • Jewellery
    Laurence Nicolas
    Global Managing Director, Jewellery and Watches | Executive Vice President
    New York
  • Jewellery
    Maria Kelly
    Deputy Managing Director
    London
  • Watches
    Daryn Schnipper
    Senior Vice President | Chairman, International Watch Division
    New York
  • Watches
    Sam Hines
    Senior Director | Worldwide Head of Watches
    Hong Kong
  • Watches
    Nate Borgelt
    Vice President | Senior International Specialist
    New York
  • Watches
    Katharine Thomas
    Senior Vice President | Head of Department
    New York
  • Clocks & Barometers
    Jonathan Hills
    Director | Senior Specialist
    London
  • Watches
    Pedro Reiser
    Deputy Director | Specialist | Department Manager
    Geneva
  • Watches
    Mikael Wallhagen
    Director | Senior Specialist | Head of Department
    Geneva
  • Watches
    Joanne Lewis
    Deputy Director | Specialist | Head of Department
    London
  • Watches
    Benoît Colson
    Deputy Director | Specialist
    London
    benoit.colson@sothebys.com
    +44 20 7293 5793
  • Watches
    Leigh Zagoory
    Specialist
    New York
    Leigh.Zagoory@sothebys.com
    +1 917 530 5206
  • Watches
    Tony Frank
    Director | Senior Specialist
    Stockholm
  • Watches
    John Chan
    Specialist
    Hong Kong
    john.chan@sothebys.com
    +852 2822 5532
  • Watches
    Vicki Leung
    Specialist
    Hong Kong
    vicki.leung@sothebys.com
    +852 2822 5580

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