Watches

Online Auction: 19–29 October 2020 • 12:00 PM EDT • New York
Watches 19–29 October 2020 • 12:00 PM EDT • New York

S otheby’s Watches is pleased to present our New York Watches Online auction open for bidding from 19 October – 28 October. Curated for every collector, the sale features exceptional timepieces by renowned brands such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, Omega and more.

Of note are modern icons such as Rolex’s first platinum Daytona, Reference 116506, originally presented at Baselworld in 2013 with a striking Glacier blue dial, and the highly sought-after Reference 116619LB ‘Smurf,’ launched in 2008 as the firm’s first white gold Submariner.

An impressive variety of Patek Philippe timepieces and clocks are celebrated including a fine Reference 3970E, a yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases and leap year indication, a rare pink gold minute repeating split-seconds chronograph hunting cased watch from 1982, and a beautiful vintage center seconds Reference 2460R, originally launched in 1950 and produced for less than ten years.

Also included in our sale are fine accessories and memorabilia including Patek Philippe silk scarves, and porcelain vide poche trays. These charming pieces offer our collectors a rare opportunity to acquire treasures not available to the public for purchase.

Modern Icons – Rolex

Timeless Provenance

Rolex
rolex | reference 14060m submariner a stainless steel automatic wristwatch with bracelet, awarded to the block island race week red fleet winner in 2009
Estimate: 8,000 – 12,000 USD
Yacht-Racer
Throughout Rolex’s history, the firm has awarded special timepieces to the winners of races that they were directly involved in. Most commonly seen today at auction are Daytona’s awarded to winning drivers at the 24 Hours of Les Mans competition. The present watch was awarded at the Block Island Race Week to the original owner and current consignor. Preserved in overall excellent condition, the engraving on the case back remains crisp and intact. This rare Submariner wristwatch is a trophy piece for the discerning collector of Rolex tool watches.
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Rolex
rolex | reference 116400 milgauss a stainless steel automatic wristwatch with bracelet, circa 2014
Estimate: 6,000 – 9,000 USD
Gifted from Robert Downy Jr.
2014 saw the release of the feature film The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr, Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Duval. As an avid watch collector, Downey Jr decided to present a handful of the cast and crew of The Judge with a gift, a personalized memento from the megastar, a gift of thanks for their hard work on the project. Already a Rolex fan, he decided to gift this select group a Milgauss Ref 116400 GV and have the case back engraved. The engraving reads ‘The Judge 2014, Team Downey Jr’. This is the first time one of these exclusive pieces, from the private collection of a Hollywood actor, has ever been offered for public sale and is a rare opportunity to acquire such a unique example of the Ref 116400GV.

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Extraordinary Pocket Watches – Patek Philippe

It is often said that the split seconds chronograph combined with a minute repeater is the ultimate expression of the art of watchmaking. This important example of a Patek Philippe minute repeating split seconds chronograph features a number of important features that make it unique. First and foremost, the massive 54 mm hunter case is the perfect sounding board for the minute repeating mechanism. Recently overhauled, this watch sounds loudly and clearly the 18k gold case. The split seconds mechanism functions an equally crisp and concise functioning. The engraved monogram on the case is engraved F.A.M which is confirmed on both its original Patek Philippe Certificate as well as the Extract From the Archives. The great majority of minute repeating splits from Patek Philippe are in open cases. This rare variant in a hunter case was especially made for a patron of Patek Philippe, now the real identity of F.A.M only known within the archives of Patek Philippe. A hint on the importance of this client is the rooster and engraved motto ‘Deo Spes Nostra Est'. Two similar watches (movement numbers 80’294 & 90’455) can be seen in the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, illustrated in Patek Philippe Watches Vol. 1, Patek Philippe Museum, 2013, pp. 358-359. A similar watch is illustrated in Huber, M., Banbery, A., Patek Philippe, 1982, p.224, fig.204

Patek PhilippeA Pink Gold Minute Repeating Hunting Cased Split Seconds Chronograph Watch, Made in 1892

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Patek Philippe
patek philippe | retailed by henry oemisch & co.: a yellow gold open faced watch with up/down indication, made in 1912
Estimate: 20,000 – 40,000 USD
Patek Philippe
This watch was made for the retailer Henry Oemisch in Rochester, NY as engraved on the movement, so we can expect that a very well-heeled industrialist in upstate NY splurged on this for Christmas of 1914. The layout of the logo is simply brilliant and gives the watch an undeniably attractive symmetry. No surprise it also has a hidden hinge that opens to reveal a dust cover that further opens to present the highly finished 17 lignes caliber.

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Perpetual Calendars by Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe
patek philippe | reference 5038 a limited edition white gold automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, 24-hour and leap year indication, made in 1996
Estimate: 25,000 – 35,000 USD
Patek Philippe
Introduced to the market in 1996, reference 5038 was made in a limited edition of 500 examples in white gold only. It is defined by its distinctive beaded bezel, black dial and contrasting white roman numerals. The changed design language of Patek Philippe perpetual calendars that was introduced with the 3940, where the 2 dial apertures for day and month were replaced by sub dial indicators at 3 and 9, was replicated here in the 5038, giving the dial a clear and clean appearance and making it one of the easiest perpetual calendars to read.

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Patek Philippe
patek philippe | reference 3970e a yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases and leap year indication, made in 1992
Estimate: 60,000 – 80,000 USD
Patek Philippe
This example of the coveted 3970 is from the third series of the ref. 3970s that features faceted and pointed baton and matching sword hands. This particular watch features a rare, early execution Patek Philippe folding clasp.

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Reference 701 Pendulette Dome

According to our research, this is one of the earliest known dome clocks to exist from Patek Philippe, original American retail in 1957 was 1250 USD. ‘Dome clocks’, or ‘Pendulettes,’ so named after their dome shaped cases and small size, were introduced in the 1950s and are still being produced today. The present lot is dressed in engraved lozenges and offered in excellent condition with an Extract from the Archives confirming the case's fine engraved decoration and its original red fitted presentation box. This example recently returned from Patek Philippe where it had a full mechanical overhaul.

Patek PhilippeReference 701 Pendulette Dôme
A Gilt Brass Dome Clock, Made in 1956

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Haute Joaillerie Timepieces

Piaget
piaget | reference 9431 b72 a yellow gold cushion shaped bracelet watch with malachite dial, circa 1971
Estimate: 15,000 – 25,000 USD
Piaget
Piaget's 21st Century Collection launched in 1969, at the height of the firm's finest era of jewelry making. Produced for only five years, the collection was inspired by the period's nonconformist style, playing with texture, color, and design. They utilized bold colored hardstones, and intricate motifs creating exceptional statement pieces. The present lot was inspired by Incan motifs and celebrates the atelier’s mastery. The bracelet is chased throughout and is durable and flexible, wrapping comfortably around the wrist.

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Patek Philippe
patek philippe | reference 4241 a yellow gold rectangular bracelet watch with diamond-set indexes, made in 1984
Estimate: 10,000 – 15,000 USD
Patek Philippe
Produced for a short period of time beginning in the mid 1970’s, the Reference 4241 came in a variety of daring configurations. Pieces were clad in leather, dressed in hard stones or gem-set. The present lot, manufactured in 1984 and may be the last known example of this reference. It is particularly striking with a solid gold bracelet decorated with an art deco motif. The lot is offered in wonderful overall condition with an attractive patina and crisp edges.

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Memorabilia

Commemorative accessories such as trays and scarves were manufactured in limited quantities and reserved for special clients. These exceptional pieces were never made available to the general public making this wide selection of particular interest for avid collectors.

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