For an industry that sells coveted timepieces from the past, the world of watch auction represents a surprisingly fast and ever-changing landscape. Year after year, records are created and broken by the high demand for these unique pieces found in the old collections. Even though 2018 may not have had a watch that overshadowed the 2014 Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication or Paul Newman’s own Rolex Daytona. 6239 from 2017, the year counted a few watches that stood out.
The unicorn rakes at the highest
The bark finished bracelet is one of the most unique features of the Rolex Daytona Ref. 6265 Unicorn
Collectors naturally want what others can not have and a vintage white gold Rolex Daytona is simply a topic of concern for collectors. When Hodinkee announced the news in 2013, the enthusiasm of the watch world skyrocketed. Phillips explained his scarcity as follows: “For many years, it was widely accepted that Rolex only manufactured hand-wound stainless steel or yellow gold cosmographs, never platinum, white gold or rose gold.” in the end, a customer convince the brand differently and the rest belongs to the story.
However, this story culminated in May this year with a sale of 5,937,500 Swiss francs at the Phillip’s Daytona Ultimatum auction. The Rolex Daytona Ref. 6265 Unicorn is currently the second most expensive Rolex to be sold at a watch auction. Adding to the glamor of all this, all sales of the coin were donated to the Children Action charity.
The way of the retailer with Patek Philippe
The title of the best-selling Patek Philippe watch this year goes to the Patek Philippe Ref 2499, Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Asprey, minted at 3,915,000 Swiss francs at the recent sale for Watches of Watches in Geneva The watch, a possibly unique piece, was made by the famous Swiss watchmaker in 1952 and sold in 1956. The Ref 2499 Asprey was first sold in 2006 and has since been part of the same private collection . The unique features of the piece include a dual signature dial signed by both Patek Philippe and Asprey.
Another Patek Philippe Ref 2499
The next on the list was another reference 2499, but this time, signed by the Venezuelan distributor Serpico y Laina, established in Caracas, the capital of the country, by two Italian immigrants. What makes ref. The peculiarity of 2499 (and since there are three on this list for this year alone) is the fact that, out of four different iterations (series) of the watch, only 349 examples were mentioned. And only over a period of 35 years, about 10 watches a year.
This Patek Philippe Ref 2499 Chronograph with Serpico and Laina Caracas perpetual calendar was made at Christie’s Rare Watches auction, worth 3 252 500 Swiss francs just one day before the Asprey variant.
Another Rolex at the top of the list
The Rolex Daytona Ref. 6240 Neanderthal is a pre-Paul Newman Daytona
The watch has oversized registers and black outer seconds marks on a white track
The predecessor of the Daytona Ref. 6265 (Paul Newman series), the ref. The 6240 was the first to use screw-type chronograph pushers and used a single-dial proportion, the sub-dials almost touching the outer track. As Phillips puts it: “Any cosmographer with oversized registers is called” Big Eye “today. What we notice so quickly collectors is the fact that the dial contains no text “Cosmograph” or “Daytona”.
Because of its uniqueness and legacy like the one that preceded the Paul Newmans, this Daytona Ref. 6240 Neanderthal hammered at 3,012,500 Swiss francs at the Daytona Ultimatum in May.
The charm of the third time
The Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 again appeared on the list and this time, signed by the American jeweler and retailer Tiffany & Co. Sold at 2,950,762 Swiss francs in Hong Kong, the watch is now the watch the most expensive auctioned in Asia. According to Sotheby’s who sold the piece, the watch is potentially the only one of its kind, since there are only six copies of this series made in rose gold.
While the reference 2499 signed by Asprey was manufactured in 1952 and sold in 1956, this Tiffany & Co model is almost 20 years older, it was manufactured in 1971 and sold in 1972. As we mentioned earlier, reference Ref. The limited production years of 2499 between 1950 and 1986 resulted in the previous series tending to go further due to the lower quantity produced at the time.
A modern classic
Sold to Hong Kong’s important watches, the Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. The 6002G is easily the most complicated watch on the list. The great piece was published by Patek Philippe in 2014 and presents several functions and complications presented on two dials. It has a whirlpool, a minute rehearsal with two cathedral gongs, a perpetual calendar with retrograde date, a moon phase display. In addition, the bottom of the watch shows sidereal time, a map of the northern hemisphere sky and a progressive display of the phases of the moon. The dials were worked with cloisonné enamel and champlevé enamel for a larger effect.
Although the number of watches on the list is complicated, the fact that the Sky Moon Tourbillon is not so high with its hammered amount of 2 695 207 Swiss francs , the watch was sold at a fairly high price four years ago and was limited to five pieces. Given the appreciation of Patek Philippe watches over the years, we can imagine that in 40 years, the Sky Moon Tourbillon may see a much more expensive auction.