Top 10 Men’s Sports Watches

Hong Kong | April 2019
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From classic designs such as Rolex’s Daytona and Patek Philippe’s Nautilus, to innovative limit challengers like Rolex’s Explorer and Omega’s Seamaster 600, a suitable sports watch is practical in rigorous weather, and bring out your unique personality on any occasion. Please click ahead for a closer look at ten featured sports timepieces from our 3 April Important Watches auction in Hong Kong.

Edited by Olivia Lo

Top 10 Men’s Sports Watches

  • Patek Philippe
    AQUANAUT, REFERENCE 5167
    A PINK GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, CIRCA 2016
    Estimate: HK$200,000-400,000
    Launched in 1997, the Aquanaut collection illustrates a sense of modernity. Cased in pink gold, the brown dial perfectly matches the character of this youthful and dynamic timepiece. Offered in excellent overall condition, the present watch is complete with original certificate and presentation box.
  • Tudor
    SUBMARINER "SNOWFLAKE", REFERENCE 9411/0
    A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1976
    Estimate: HK$95,000-160,000
    The present Tudor "Snowflake" is in very appealing condition for a vintage Tudor. The shape of case is in excellent condition and the bevel of the lugs are still very well defined. The color of bezel is beautifully faded evenly as sky blue. The dial is preserved in supreme condition in navy blue and the luminous are also aged evenly to warm orange yellow color.
  • Omega
    SEAMASTER 600 PLOPROF
    A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, CIRCA 1970
    Estimate: HK$32,000-48,000
    Developed in conjunction with Comex and the Jacques Cousteau, Omega launched its first waterproof watch designed and built solely for the professional commercial divers in 1970. Seamaster 600 was nicknamed PloProf, which is short for Plongeur Professionnel (Professional Diver in French).
    Although most watches are made with the crown at 3 o'clock, the standard PloProf has its crown at 9 o'clock so that the red pusher is more accessible and the relatively cumbersome crown guard does not interfere with wrist movement.
    When diving, one can calculate how much oxygen remains in the tank and adjust the bezel for accurate timing. By pushing the red button, the locked bezel releases an the bezel can then be adjusted.
    To date, the Seamaster 600 is still one of the most iconic timepieces in sports watch history due to its ultra water resistance rate. The present lot which has “600m/2000ft” marked on the dial is the second series of the model. (The first series was marked “600” on the dial.)
  • Rolex
    SUBMARINER, REFERENCE 1680
    A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1978
    Estimate: HK$95,000-160,000
    The present reference 1680 is a very nice original example. Fitted with nicely faded bezel, the present watch is in very good and original condition with crisp case and nicely aged luminous indexes that have aged to a sweet pumpkin color.
  • Rolex
    COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA "INVERTED 6", REFERENCE 16520 A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1990
    Estimate: HK$160,000-240,000
    Reference 16520 is the first automatic Daytona to have been manufactured and sold by Rolex. With a production time of approximately 10 years, many different variations of the dial have been recognized by collectors today, and the most popular versions would be either the “Floating Cosmograph” or the ones with a tropical subsidiary dial. The present watch being a very rare and low production E-series 16520, the dial can identified by the 5 lines, "Officially Certified" being present at 12 o'clock and having the "inverted 6" in the 12-hours subsidiary dial.
  • Rolex
    EXPLORER, REFERENCE 1016
    A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH GILT EXCLAMATION MARK CHAPTER RING DIAL AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1963
    Estimate: HK$120,000-200,000
    Collaborating with projects in a philanthropic way while testing the limits of their products, Rolex had provided 20 prototype watches to a group of expeditionist lead by Edmund Hillary, Charles Evans and Alfred Gregory to conquer Mount Everest in 1952. Those 20 prototype watches eventually led Rolex to produce a successful and highly sought after timepiece known both for its minimalistic design perspective and wearability known as the Explorer.
    This lovely reference 1016 is in remarkable original condition. With a possible light polishing in the past, the case is crisp and well proportioned. The luminous plots on the dials and hands have aged beautifully to a warm cream color. Furthermore it is presented with a letter and photos from the family of the original owner, which enhances the collectability of the present watch.
  • Patek Philippe
    NAUTILUS, REFERENCE 5711P A FINE AND RARE PLATINUM BRACELET WATCH WITH DATE AND BLUE JEANS DIAL, CIRCA 2014
    Estimate: HK$1,600,000-2,400,000
    Rendered in platinum, this 5711P is incredibly sought after today. Made for Patek Philippe's elite clients, we believe between 30 to 50 examples were manufactured. At a simple glance, this 5711 may appear to be the regular steel example, however the dial is finished with a wonderful blue jeans tone, the case is fitted with a diamond at 6 o'clock like all modern platinum Patek watches and the sheer weight is incredibly impressive.
  • Richard Mille
    BUBBA WATSON, REFERENCE RM055 AM TI/073
    A TITANIUM AND CERAMIC SKELETONISED WRISTWATCH, CIRCA 2014
    Estimate: HK$800,000-1,200,000
    Richard Mille created the model RM038 specially for the PGA Tour winning golfer – Bubba Watson. He developed a movement that can overcome the environment of temperature, gravity and vibration,which a golfer may constantly experiences and can affect the timekeeping ability of his watch. This resulted in the creation of the RM038 which adopted materials such as ATZ - an aluminum-zirconium-titanium and a grade 5 titanium with a rubber casting to ensure the that watch can absorb any vibrations from the impact of a golf swing to the constant climate change on a golf course.
    Incredibly light, the movement itself weigh only a mere 4.3 grams and it is astonishingly comfortable with the sporty curved case.
    The present lot, the RM055 was inspired by the first Bubba Watson, RM038 and can be considered a modern interpretation of a creative and functional 20th century high-end luxury sports watch.
  • Richard Mille
    REFERENCE RM008 AG PG A PINK GOLD TOURBILLON SPLIT-SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH SKELETONISED WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE AND TORQUE INDICATION, CIRCA 2010
    Estimate: HK$3,000,000-5,000,000
    In the quest of innovative modern design combined with high-complication movements, in 1999, Richard Mille started to work on the RM008 project, the most complicated watch that he has ever produced. Incorporating all the characteristics of the RM004 split-second chronograph, the RM008 features a tourbillon carriage made up of 85 parts and weighs just a third of a gram (0.34g), pushing the time master's craftsmanship to the next level.
    As part of the Richard Mille masterpiece collection, the RM008 Tourbillon Split-Second Chronograph adapts the concept of modern architecture and optimizes the use of the functions and technical solutions to create the sophisticated balancing of aesthetics.
  • Audemars Piguet
    ROYAL OAK "JUMBO" EXTRA-THIN, REFERENCE 15202OR A PINK GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET, CIRCA 2012
    Estimate: HK$280,000-500,000
    The reference 15202 is a model that was introduced by Audemars Piguet in 2012 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Royal Oak Jumbo collection. During then, this reference was only available in stainless steel and pink gold. With multiple traits that is reminiscent to the original Jumbo, this reference has immediately taken on huge success and in 2017 Audemars Piguet had even gone to the extent of making a yellow gold version available.
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