Important Watches

Online Auction: 15–24 June 2020 • 12:00 PM EDT • New York
Important Watches 15–24 June 2020 • 12:00 PM EDT • New York

S otheby’s is pleased to present the New York Important Watches sale, available for online bidding from June 15th through June 24th. This sale has a wonderful selection of rare vintage and modern timepieces as well as desirable pocket watches and clocks. Of particular interest are a pair of vintage Rolex Daytona’s, both fresh to the market and exceptionally rare in both configuration and condition. One of which, a Rolex Daytona reference 6263 with Paul Newman ‘Panda’ dial, is one of the most iconic and desirable of all the Daytona’s. The second is a striking, important and possibly unique ‘Transitional’ reference 6238 Daytona retailed by the world’s distinguished luxury retailer ‘Tiffany & Co’. In their own rights, these are two incredibly rare and important watches, only enhanced further by the fact that they are both consigned from their original purchasers and have never being offered for sale previously.

Other highlights include an iconic ‘Double Swiss Underlined’ Rolex reference 6239 Daytona, alongside a pair of ‘full set’ contemporary Daytona’s referenced 116520 and 116521 presented by Rolex to racing driver Chris Bingham in 2001 and 2002 for winning the ‘Daytona Prototypes Grand-Am Series'. Furthermore, we have a wide selection of contemporary pieces from independent brands such as Richard Mille and FP Journe, complimented by pieces from the world’s most important and historic artisans such as Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin.

Featured Highlights

Anatomy of a Rolex | Reference 6263 Daytona “Panda Mk 1.75 Paul Newman”
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1970
PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
The present reference 6263 is truly an exceptional example of a Rolex "Paul Newman" Cosmograph, named after the famous actor and race car driver known for sporting one throughout his life. The present example is offered fresh-to-the-market and can therefore be considered a trophy watch to vintage watch connoisseur; in the world of vintage watches where a Rolex Daytona is a must-have, an example with a "Panda Paul Newman" dial is a dream.

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  • Hands and luminous hour markers are both original
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  • Dial is Mark 1.75

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  • Black registers set against the white dial give this watch the signature "panda" look

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  • Original Rolex Oyster Bracelet with endlinks stamped 271
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  • Original bezel insert
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Modern Patek Philippe

Anatomy of a Reference 6238 Transitional Daytona Retailed by Tiffany & Co.
AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS, CIRCA 1967
PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
ESTIMATE $150,000 – 250,000

In the mid 1950’s, Tiffany joined a select group of retailers worldwide given the privilege of printing their logo on the dial of Rolex’s most prestigious models; the exact number of Tiffany dialed Rolex’s from this era is unknown, but they are undoubtedly extremely rare, and represent some of the most sought after, desirable and iconic watches to ever come to market. This particular piece, consigned by the family of the original purchaser, bears the reference number 6238 and has the matching case back stamping of 6238; the 14K stamp and hallmarks remain clear and sharp. The present watch is fresh to the market, and has been found in exceptionally crisp and original condition.

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  • ROW on the balance bridge designates the Rolex Import stamp

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  • Incredibly sharp and well preserved condition case and pushers

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  • Reference 6238 and serial 1697086 from 1967

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  • 14K case, made for the USA market with crisp hallmarks

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  • Retailed by Tiffany & Co

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  • Size: diameter 37 mm
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  • ‘Transitional’ Reference 6238 from circa 1967

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  • Daytona designation to the dial

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F.P. Journe

Richard Mille
richard mille | rm11-02 rg a titanium and pink gold automatic semi-skeletonized dual time, flyback chronograph wristwatch with month and date, circa 2012
Estimate 110,000 – 180,000 USD
RICHARD MILLE | RM11-02 RG
A TITANIUM AND PINK GOLD AUTOMATIC SEMI-SKELETONIZED DUAL TIME, FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MONTH AND DATE, CIRCA 2012

Dial: semi-skeletonized
Caliber: cal. RMAC1 automatic, 68 jewels
Movement number: 181254, 6201
Case: titanium, 18k pink gold, sapphire display back secured by eight screws 
Case number: 286
Closure: 18k pink gold and titanium Richard Mille double folding clasp
Size: length 50 mm, width 42 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: none

A. Lange & Söhne

Rolex Daytona Winner's Watches
Rolex
rolex | reference 116520 daytona a stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with registers and bracelet, awarded to the grande american sports car series gts champion chris bingham in 2002
Estimate 50,000 – 80,000 USD
ROLEX | REFERENCE 116520 DAYTONA
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS AND BRACELET, AWARDED TO THE GRANDE AMERICAN SPORTS CAR SERIES GTS CHAMPION CHRIS BINGHAM IN 2002

Presented to Chris Bingham after his championship winning season in the Saleen S7R in 2002, and complete with its box, outer packaging, papers, hang tag, cloth, and uniquely with the case back engraving honoring the championship winning season, this Rolex Daytona is a true collector's prize. In addition, the lot includes the championship winning race helmet that Bingham wore that season.
Rolex
rolex | reference 116520 daytona a stainless steel automatic chronograph wristwatch with registers and bracelet, awarded to the grande american sports car series gts champion chris bingham in 2001
Estimate 50,000 – 80,000 USD
ROLEX | REFERENCE 116520 DAYTONA
A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS AND BRACELET, AWARDED TO THE GRANDE AMERICAN SPORTS CAR SERIES GTS CHAMPION CHRIS BINGHAM IN 2001

Presented to Chris Bingham after his championship winning season in the Saleen S7R in 2001, this Rolex Daytona comes complete with its box, outer packaging, papers, hang tag, cloth, and uniquely with the case back engraving honoring the championship winning season. In addition, the lot includes the championship winning race helmet that Bingham wore that season.
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