Sotheby’s Watch Department offers the finest timepieces ranging from the 16th century to the modern day, including the most sought after modern and vintage clocks, pocket watches and wristwatches. Showcasing the thriving and international nature of this category, the department frequently achieves world record breaking results in all of its selling locations.

Forming and maintaining strong relationships with the world’s collectors and connoisseurs is paramount to the service provided. With a truly global presence, the department holds sales in London, Geneva, Dubai, Hong Kong and New York with a specialised team in each location whose passion for watches is matched only by their unparalleled knowledge and experience. The market is one of constant change and as such, the worldwide team is dedicated to keeping abreast of the latest trends and developments. Our specialists recognise - and take pride in - the fact that constant learning and the sharing of knowledge both within and outside the industry, is as essential as in any other academic genre or category.

The Watch department has consistently achieved benchmark prices and Sotheby’s is proud to hold the auction record for any watch – $24 million for the Patek Philippe Henry Graves’ Supercomplication. With a global sales total of almost $90 million last year, more than double the amount achieved in 2017, our sales are going from strength to strength.

In addition, demonstrating the breadth and extent of its collective knowledge and expertise, the department has been entrusted with and sold numerous ground-breaking pieces and collections such as the Masterpieces from the Time Museum which realized a total of $58.6 million and the Breguet Sympathetique that fetched $6.8 million to name just a few. In the last two years alone, Sotheby’s has achieved record results for Rolex, Patek Philippe, and independent makers including George Daniels’ second Space Traveller for over $4 million, and the only known Asprey signed Patek Philippe 2499 for $3.9 million, representing world-record prices for both.

Over the course of four dedicated auctions in 2019 and 2020, Sotheby’s will offer Masterworks of Time, one of the most important and comprehensive collections of timepieces ever assembled, headlined by the legendary George Daniels ‘The Space Traveller I’.

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