As at so many recent watch auctions, timepieces by Patek Philippe are the stars at Christie’s sale of Important Watches in New York tomorrow. The watchmaker produced 6 of the top 10 estimated lots at the sale, including the highest valued item, a rare 1960 18K gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases and tachometer scale, estimated at $600,000-700,000.
Update: The Patak Philippe wristwatch sold for $902,500, well above its high estimate. Even more valuable was a 20K openface Vacheron Constantin clockwatch, about which we’d written earlier. It sold for $1,762,500–more than three times its high estimate.
Another standout is a 1918 Vacheron Constantin pocket watch that Christie’s is calling “exceptional, monumental and historically important.” It’s a 20K gold openface two-train trip 7 1/2 minutes repeating grande and petitie sonnerie chronograph, estimated at $250,000-500,000.
Read more at Christie’s.