• Press release
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  • New York
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  • For immediate release
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  • 28 May 2019

RELEASE: Christie's New York, An Evening of Exceptional Watches, June 6, 2019

(left to right) Patek Philippe, An Extremely Fine 18k Pink Gold Wristwatch with Center Seconds and Polychrome Cloisonné Enamel 'Tropical Oasis' Dial, Ref. 2481, Manufactured in 1950, Estimate: $600,000 - 800,000; Rolex, An Exceptionally Rare and Attractive Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch ''Paul Newman'' Dial, Retailed by Linz Brothers, Dallas, 1968,  Ref. 6239, Circa 1968, Estimate: $300,000 - 500,000; Patek Philippe, A Very Fine and Exceptionally Rare 18k White Gold Automatic Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch with Moon Phases and Bracelet, Ref. 3448, Manufactured in 1969, Estimate: $300,000 - 500,000; Vacheron Constantin, An Extremely Fine and Rare 18k Gold Minute Repeating Wristwatch with Two-Tone Dial, Ref. 4261, Manufactured in 1954, Estimate: $300,000 - 500,000

New York – Christie’s New York announces An Evening of Exceptional Watches on Thursday, June 6th. The auction offers a carefully curated selection of 100 distinct lots of wristwatches and pocket watches, notable for their extreme rarity, highlighted provenance, and exceptional condition. Highlights include modern, vintage and sport watches from Patek Phillipe, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, A. Lange & Söhne, Breguet and more.

The top lot of the sale is the first known Patek Philippe reference 2481 with polychrome cloisonné enamel dial of the “Tropical Oasis” theme ($600,000-800,000). Reference 2481, with its 37mm case diameter, was nicknamed "King Size," as it is one of the largest vintage Patek Philippe ever produced. Manufactured in 1950, the movement number as well as the serial number offer clear indications that the present watch is the first of its kind. There are only six examples of Ref. 2481 with a combination of rose gold and cloisonné jungle dial known.

Additionally, on offer is a very rare Rolex Daytona with “Paul Newman” dial, retailed by Linz Brothers, Dallas, 1968 ($300,000-500,000). A highly important discovery in the world of vintage Rolex, this example can be considered one of the rarest Daytona’s to ever come to market. Joseph Linz & Brothers opened in 1877 and have since maintained an impressive store in Dallas, Texas. Despite being one of the biggest retailers for Rolex in North America at the time, an extremely small number of watches with the ‘LINZ’ signature have ever come to market.

Other highlights include a Patek Philippe reference 3448 in white gold with bracelet ($300,000-500,000); a Patek Philippe reference 1463 stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, retailed by Gübelin, ($350,000-550,000); a Vacheron Constantin reference 4261 in 18k gold ($300,000-500,000); and two historically important watches formerly owned by Joe DiMaggio including a Bulova stainless steel chronograph with black dial ($25,000-50,000), which was used during his voluntary service in the U.S. Military in WWII. Rounding out the sale is a selection of rare ladies’ watches including a Piaget gold and lapis lazuli bracelet watch, ($40,000-60,000) and a rare and attractive LeCoultre 14k white gold bracelet watch ($8,000-12,000).

Taking place concurrently is the Christie’s Watches Online: Travel with Time (June 11-25), which presents 236 watches ranging from vintage to contemporary timepieces. Further highlights and details are included below. Public preview of both sales includes a full exhibition at Christie’s 20 Rockefeller Center Galleries from Friday, May 31 to Wednesday, June 5th.

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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