A wide-ranging selection of rare and exclusive watches and timepieces, led by one of the finest private collections of Rolex watches and an extremely fine Vacheron Constantin “skeletonized” pink gold wristwatch will thrill collectors in Heritage Auctions’ watches auction, taking place in New York, 445 Park Ave. (at 57th Street) on November 21. Heritage Auctions‘ special presentation of “Timepieces from a Distinguished Gentleman,” is a singularly important collection of 360 first-quality wristwatches, which includes 200 Rolex watches, such as a rare Oyster Perpetual Submariner made for the British Royal Navy, circa 1974, which could sell for $30,000, and a rare 18K gold Oyster Cosmograph, circa 1982, which may sell for $20,000.
“These are among the finest names collectors seek when buying the very best,” said James Wolf, consignment director for watches and timepieces at Heritage Auctions. “In particular, the market for Rolex continues to see strong demand but quality examples are difficult to come by. Collectors should be pleased to see what we’ve uncovered for them.”
Other notable pieces include a Piaget Protocole Exceptional 18K white gold diamond & sapphire wristwatch, which may hammer for $50,000-plus, and a rare and very fine Audemars Pigue rose gold Rubens Barrichello Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph, estimated to bring $30,000-plus. A rare minute repeating tandem wind pocket watch fashioned by Tiffany & Co. with a highly unusual combination of complications, estimated to fetch $30,000 and an important Swiss gold minute repeater with perpetual calendar, moon phase and chronograph could sell for $20,000.