A very rare Rolex Ref. 6239 “Paul Newman” Cosmograph Daytona wristwatch, one of Rolex’s most famous and desirable timepieces – nicknamed for the late, famed actor for the dial on the watch that he wore in several films – is the principle enticement to collectors in Heritage Auctions May 26, 2016 Watches & Fine Timepieces Signature Auction being held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. It is estimated at $100,000+.
“This beautiful timepiece, with its dial variation, art deco look, different color pattern and subsidiary dials featuring little squares instead of numerals is a classic of horology,” said Jim Wolf, Director of Fine Timepieces at Heritage Auctions. “It’s also the ultimate vintage Rolex for the serious connoisseur.” Collectors will also note with great interest the inclusion of a stunning Patek Philippe Very Fine 18k Yellow Gold Ref. 3970E Chronograph with Register, Perpetual Calendar, Moon Phases and 24-Hour Indication in the auction, estimated at $90,000+, along with two exceptional and complicated A. Lange & Sohne wristwatches, the first a Langematik 18K Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch, Ref. 310.021, estimated at $50,000+ and a circa 1872 Quality 1A Gold Quarter Repeater With Date, Certificate & Ledger Entry , with the distinction of being the oldest still existing Repeater watch manufactured by Lange.
It is estimated at $40,000+. “It’s no small distinction that this is the oldest surviving Lange repeating watch,” said Wolf. “This is a museum piece and an exceptional masterpiece.” A rare and very fine Gold Pocket Chronometer, with its original box and papers, no. 26, from the celebrated watchmaker Albert H. Potter & Co., presents likely the only example of a highly finished detent chronometer made by Potter that is complete with box, instruction card and certificate signed by this celebrated watchmaker. It carries a
pre-auction estimate of $55,000+. Another important timepiece in the auction is the personal watch of J.M. Studebaker, the last of the five famed automaker brothers to pass away, in 1917. The watch, an Ad. Lang & Cie Geneve fine gold and enamel Keyless Lever pocket watch, circa 1870s. The watch, estimated at $10,000+, is a museum quality piece with a signature dial, engraved portrait and enameled buggy and wagon, hearkening back to the original family business of making horse-drawn vehicles.