NEW YORK, NY.-
More than 300 fine and unique timepieces, led by an array of rare repeater pocket watches, will thrill collectors in Heritage Auctions
Nov. 18 Timepieces Signature® Auction, taking place at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America) at 2 E. 79th Street (at 5th Ave.).
The variety of lots being offered in this auction is truly outstanding, said Jim Wolf, Director of Fine Timepieces for Heritage Auctions, with premier examples by the most respected names in modern watch making as well as rare vintage wristwatches, small unique clocks and a wide assortment of complicated pocket watches.
A pocket watch that is already receiving a great deal of attention is a colorful and whimsical Swiss Rare Gold Minute Repeater With Unique Polo Theme Case & Automaton, circa 1895. This scarce and unusual watch represents the popular sport of polo, which became the favorite of the elite at the beginning of the 20th century. It is estimated at $15,000+.
A very rare and important Tiffany minute repeater, with split second chronograph, is also on the auction block with an estimate of $20,000+. The watch was a gift from infamous Wall Street financier Jay Gould to his right hand man, Giovanni Morisini, in 1884. Another historically important watch is a complicated Grandjean minute repeater with calendar and moon phase, estimated at $10,000+, which was presented in 1888 to the Speaker of the New York assembly, the Honorable Fremont Cole.
More than 60 Rolex timepieces will give wristwatch collectors a wide array to choose from, including a gorgeous Rolex Ref. 6263 Very Fine Oyster Cosmograph, circa 1974 (estimate: $20,000+), a sleek Rolex Ref. 6263 Rare Steel Oyster Cosmograph Daytona, circa 1979 (estimate: $15,000+), a reference 6202 Tropical dial Turn-O-Graph (estimate: $8,000+), a rare 6538 Big Crown James Bond (estimate: $40,000+) and a stunning reference 1655 Double Red Mark IV Sea-Dweller Submariner (estimate: $15,000+).
One of the auctions most anticipated highlights is extremely fine Patek Philippe Ref. 5110 Platinum World Time wristwatch (estimate: $25,000+), a timepiece that is widely regarded by collectors as on its way to becoming a classic of horology.
One fortunate and savvy collector will have the chance to own a very important timepiece in the form of a Frank Muller prototype minute repeating wristwatch with perpetual calendar (estimate: $70,000+).
This watch is accompanied by a letter, hand written and signed by Frank Muller, said Wolf, in which he states that he personally made the watch in 1986 for the Vicenza Jewelry and Watch Fair. This represents as prime an opportunity to own a superlative timepiece as any Heritage has presented.