• Press release
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  • New York
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  • For immediate release
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  • 21 November 2018

PRESS RELEASE: An Evening of Exceptional Watches

(from left to right) Patek Philippe, A Very Fine and Rare 18K Gold Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Wristwatch with Moon Phases, manufactured in 1982, Reference 2499/100, Estimate: $400,000-800,000; Audemars Frères, A Historically Important 18K Gold Hunter Case Quarter Repeating Pocket Watch, Formerly Belonging to Former United States President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, circa 1900, Estimate: $30,000-50,000; Rolex. An Extremely Fine, Rare and Attractive 18K Gold Automatic Triple Calendar Wristwatch with Star Dial and Moon Phases, circa 1952, Reference 6062, Estimate: $1,000,000-2,000,000; Rolex, An Extremely Fine and Very Rare 14K Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Black “John Player Special Paul Newman” Dial and Bracelet, circa 1968, Reference 6241, Estimate: $400,000-800,000.

New York – Christie’s New York announces An Evening of Exceptional Watches on Thursday, December 6th. The auction offers a carefully curated selection of 160 distinct lots that are predominately fresh-to-market and in mint condition, with estimates up to $1,000,000. Highlights include modern, vintage and sport watches from Blancpain, Breitling, Cartier, Heuer, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Omega, Patek Phillipe, Rolex, Tornek Rayville, F.P. Journe and more.

The December sale features a selection of rare Rolex models in exceptional condition led by An Extremely Fine, Rare and Attractive 18K Gold Automatic Triple Calendar Wristwatch with Star Dial and Moon Phases, Rolex Ref. 6062, circa 1952 (estimate: $1,000,000-2,000,000). This superlative 6062 “Stelline” or “Star Dial” was introduced in 1950 and produced for only 10 years. This impressive watch, nicknamed “The Dark Star” has developed a dark and highly attractive patina to its 18K yellow gold case, a unique feature of this important lot. Additional Rolex highlights include A Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with “Paul Newman” Dial and Bracelet, Reference 6264, circa 1971, with box and papers (estimate: $250,000-350,000); A 14K Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Black “John Player Special Paul Newman” Dial and Bracelet, Ref. 6241, circa 1968 (estimate: $400,000-800,000); An 18K White Gold and Diamond-Set Automatic Chronograph Wristwatch with Rainbow-Colored Multi-gem-set Bezel and Bracelet, Ref. 116599, circa 2012 ($150,000-250,000); and A Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with “Tropical” Dial, Ref. 6234, circa 1960 (estimate: $100,000-200,000), coined the ‘pre-Daytona,’ this piece has both case and dial in very appealing condition.

The sale proudly presents Property of a North American Family, part one of an important collection of Patek Philippe watches.  Assembled over decades, this collection is defined by rarity, quality, and condition, and is one of the finest collections known in the world with a mixture of modern and vintage timepieces focusing on the evolution of complications. Featured within this section is one of the most important watches to resurface this year, the Graves-Fullerton 3448J, formerly owned by the Grandson of Henry Graves (estimate: $120,000-180,000).

Other Patek highlights within the sale include A Very Fine and Rare 18K Gold Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Wristwatch with Moon Phases, Ref. 2499/100, manufactured in 1982, which is one of the best preserved from the series in existence (estimate: $400,000-800,000); A Fine and Rare Platinum Cushion-Shaped Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Wristwatch with Moon Phases and Breguet Numerals, Ref. 5020P, manufactured in 2001 (estimate: $300,000-500,000); and A Fine and Rare 18K Pink Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Pink Dial and Breguet Numerals, Ref. 130, manufactured in 1939 (estimate: $100,000-200,000).

Additionally on offer is A Historically Important Audemars Frères 18K Gold Hunter Case Quarter Repeating Pocket Watch, Formerly Belonging to Former United States President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, circa 1900 (estimate: $30,000-50,000). Thought to be a wedding gift, this elegant pocket watch features a photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt within the interior, and it is preserved in excellent condition.

Taking place concurrently is the Christie’s Watches Online: Winter Holiday Sale (November 27 – December 10 & 11), which presents over 200 watches ranging from vintage to contemporary timepieces. Within the sale is an exclusive selection of 24 unique watches by Moritz Grossmann presented for the first time at auction in celebration of the brand’s 10th anniversary. Further highlights and details are included below. Public preview of both sales includes a full exhibition at Christie’s 20 Rockefeller Center Galleries November 30 – December 6.

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, 2017), for a 20th century artwork (Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, 2022) and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019). Christie's is also recognised as a reference for prestigious single owner collections, having auctioned 8 of the 10 most important collections in history.

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including use of hologram technology to tour life-size 3D objects around the world, and the the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

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