Watches & Memorabilia

Online Auction: 25 May–2 June 2020 • 11:00 AM HKT • Hong Kong
Watches & Memorabilia 25 May–2 June 2020 • 11:00 AM HKT • Hong Kong
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A lways with an eye toward finding the best and unique watches on the market, Sotheby's equally aspires to enrich our community by presenting the fascinating history of these brands, all told with uncommon watch-related products from the past and memorabilia. Sotheby’s Watches has once again assembled a wonderful collection of Rolex memorabilia that will surely impress and delight all Rolex enthusiasts – in particular, collectors who revel in the history of this storied brand. The collection will include a variety of window displays, paper weights, posters, watch tools and more.

Additionally, the auction will include a selection of contemporary and vintage wristwatches from renown brands such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Rolex and Jaeger-LeCoultre. Sotheby’s specialist Joey Luk has chosen her highlights from this stellar array of timepieces and accessories. Scroll ahead to discover all of her favorites. Without a doubt, this is an auction that will appeal to all collectors and connoisseurs.

Patek Philippe
patek philippe | reference 5100 a limited edition white gold wristwatch with 10 day power reserve, made to commemorate the new millennium, circa 2001
Estimate 280,000 – 320,000 HKD
Patek Philippe Reference 5100
To celebrate the millennium, Patek Philippe produced in 2001 a collection of limited edition wristwatch known as the reference 5100. Fitted with a ‘Manta Ray’ style case unique to this specific reference, it is also the first reference by Patek Philippe to feature a ten-day power reserve movement. Only 450 pieces of the white gold case were made, according to our estimate. Furthermore, the present watch is complete with all original accessories and offered in pristine like new condition.

Patek Philippe
patek philippe | reference 5146 a yellow gold annual calendar wristwatch with moon phases and power reserve indication, circa 2008
Estimate 160,000 – 240,000 HKD
Patek Philippe Reference 5146
Launched in 2005, the reference 5146 is the successor of reference 5035. The annual calendar requires correction once a year only and the mechanism has emerged as one of Patek Philippe’s flagship models. The watch has a very understated appeal and it’s a great complication to have for both formal and informal occasions.

Audemars Piguet
audemars piguet | royal oak offshore, reference 26007ba2.oo.d088cr.01 a limited edition yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with date, circa 2003
Estimate 200,000 – 300,000 HKD
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
A signature piece of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the present Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore is offered in a yellow gold case fitted with a brown limited to an exclusive 400 pieces. As a faithful yet demanding connoisseur, the actor and former California governor eventually joined efforts with Audemars Piguet for a few years, creating a few models in tribute to his movies such as "End of Days" and "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," and finally to Schwarzenegger himself.

Patek Philippe
patek philippe | a cork presentation box made for the nautilus, circa 1980
Estimate 100,000 – 200,000 HKD
Patek Philippe Nautilus Cork Box
Originally designed to hold the Nautilus reference 3700 for safekeeping, the present cork box is preserved in very good and original condition. The recent years have seen a massive increase in demand for the Nautilus and along with it, the concomitant value of these cork boxes has also appreciated.

Daniel Roth
daniel roth | regulateur tourbillon, reference 197.x.40 a pink gold double dialed tourbillon wristwatch with date and 8 day power reserve indication, circa 2004
Estimate 100,000 – 200,000 HKD
Daniel Roth Double Dialed Tourbillon
This double dialed tourbillon wristwatch showcases a highly distinctive tonneau-shaped case. The engine-turned dial advocates Daniel Roth’s expertise gained at Breguet and elegantly displays the tourbillon carriage at 6 o’clock. On the reverse, the dial showcases the power reserve indication and subsidiary dial for date. The watch is numbered 08 and complete with Certificate of Origin and presentation box.

Ulysse Nardin
ulysse nardin | jaquemart sonnerie en passant san marco, reference 756-88 a pink gold hour striking and repeating wristwatch with automaton jacquemarts, circa 2008
Estimate 180,000 – 240,000 HKD
Ulysse Nardin Hour Striking and Repeating
With a reproduction of one of the mythical Jaquemarts, designed by Paolo Savin in the fifteenth century for the Campanile of St Mark's Square in Venice, this fine watch cased into the San Marco case is destined for both enthusiasts and collectors of fine mechanical watches. Furthermore, the present watch is in excellent condition.

jaeger-lecoultre | a platinum diamond-set bracelet watch, circa 1940
Estimate 180,000 – 240,000 HKD
Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101
The smallest movement to have ever been made, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101 was a sensational creation. With a minuscule hairspring that would oscillates at 21,600 beats per hour, and a microscopic dimension of only 14 mm in length, 4.8 mm in width, and 3.4 mm thickness. This movement became the key which have helped unlock and propel the the design of all future lady’s watches and bracelet watches.

Rolex Memorabilia
rolex | submariner a gilt brass and green enamel retailer's window display, circa 1960
Estimate 55,000 – 110,000 HKD
Rolex Submariner Retailer’s Display
Many of Rolex promotional display, such as this gilt brass and green enamel example, were often scrapped after retailers changed their window displays. They are now difficult to find and highly sought after by collectors today. Dedicated for Submariner, this display is decorated with a fish motif, preserved in good and original condition and would complement any Rolex watch.

rolex | reference 1006 a steel tool for adjusting rolex bezels including 5 chucks, circa 1970
Estimate 35,000 – 70,000 HKD
Rolex Watch Tool
Made in the 70s, this set of Rolex watch tool is for adjusting the bezels and is preserved in original condition. These tools have become very collectible amongst vintage Rolex collectors in recent years.

rolex | a set of four gilt brass and green enamel watch stands, circa 1950
Estimate 8,000 – 16,000 HKD
Rolex Brass Stands from the '50s
Made in the 1950s, this set of four brass stands is preserved in very original condition.

rolex | oyster perpetual a gilt brass and green enamel retailer's window display, circa 1960
Estimate 55,000 – 110,000 HKD
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Retailer’s Display
The present gilt brass and green retailer's stand is in a form of a yacht was used to display the iconic Oyster Perpetual watch. The stand touts the world's first waterproof and self-winding wrist chronometer, pointing to the sophisticated, adventure-seeking style of Rolex's intended wearer. The display is preserved in very original condition considering its age.

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