One of the most iconic television shows of modern times, Mad Men was compelling viewing for any number of reasons, one of which was the attention to detail in recreating the look and feel of the times the show covered. This meticulous approach extended to the wristwatches worn throughout the series.
AUCTION DETAILSRare Watches & Important Discoveries, 16 December at Christie's New YorkBrowse sale
In the Rare Watches & Important Discoveries sale on 16 December in New York, Christie’s offers four watches that were worn in Season 5 of Mad Men, which aired in 2012 and covered a period between Memorial Day 1966 and Spring 1967.
The watches were leased to the show by vintage watch specialist Derek Dier, who has supplied watches to the movie industry, noted musicians, actors, writers, artists, international dignitaries and Fortune 500 CEOs. Mad Men Property Master Ellen Freund worked with Dier to select the watches.
Each watch in the auction is being offered at no reserve and is accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from Derek Dier and further accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from Ellen Freund. Dier has kindly agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each watch to Doctors Without Borders.
Worn by Don Draper
Omega. A very attractive stainless steel automatic wristwatch with center seconds and date. Signed Omega, Automatic, Seamaster, De Ville, Ref. 166.020, Movement No. 23’943’081, Circa 1960. Worn on the TV show Mad Men. Estimate: $1,000-2,000. This watch is offered in the Rare Watches & Important Discoveries sale on 16 December at Christie’s New York
This Cross Hair Omega Seamaster was worn by Jon Hamm as Don Draper, the lead character of Mad Men, and was noted for having the elegant, refined and bang-up-to-date aesthetic for what Don Draper would have worn — this, after all, was a brand new watch in 1966.
This piece was the main watch worn by Draper in Season 5 and an additional lure for collectors is that Hamm even wore it — on this exact strap — on the April 2013 cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
The dial was repainted to be black with crosshairs prior to it being worn on the show. Another Omega Seamaster was later repainted to have a matching dial in order to serve as a spare if needed, but it was never worn on screen.
Earlier this year, that spare Omega Seamaster was donated to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History as part of a collection of Mad Men artefacts upon the conclusion of the show.
Worn by Roger Sterling
Tudor. An attractive stainless steel automatic wristwatch with center seconds. Signed Tudor, Oyster-Prince, Rotor, Self-winding, Ref. 7967,Case No. 300’673, Manufactured in 1959. Worn the TV show Mad Men. Estimate: $1,000-2,000. This watch is offered in the Rare Watches & Important Discoveries sale on 16 December at Christie’s New York
This Tudor Oyster-Prince, nicknamed the ‘Tuxedo’ by Derek Dier due to its black and silver colour scheme, was worn by the Emmy Award-nominated John Slattery as the suave Roger Sterling on Mad Men.
The watch is reminiscent of the famous Universal Genève Polerouter designed by Gerald Genta in circa 1954. Slattery is said to have loved it so much that he wanted to by one for himself.
Selected to be a classic watch for Roger Sterling to wear from the era, this Tudor with a screw-down crown is in stunning condition. It is also one of the most visually striking time-only vintage Tudors we have seen.
Worn by Pete Campbell
Hamilton. An unusual 10k gold-filled and stainless steel automatic wristwatch with center seconds. Signed Hamilton, Automatic, Case No. L762116, Circa 1960. Worn the TV show Mad Men. Estimate: $1,000-2,000. This watch is offered in the Rare Watches & Important Discoveries sale on 16 December at Christie’s New York
This Hamilton ‘Sputnik’ was worn by Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell on Mad Men. The show’s property master Ellen Freund selected the watch herself as the sort of timepiece Campbell may have worn, given that the cost would have been more approachable for his character than other brands at the time.
Over the seven seasons of AMC’s award-winning show, Pete Campbell rose from being an ambitious young account executive to a partner of Sterling Cooper. The watch is notable for its flared lugs, stepped bezel, and unusual dial.
Worn by Megan Draper
Jules Jürgensen. An attractive 14k white gold and diamond set lady’s wristwatch. Signed Jules Jürgensen, Est.D 1740, Movement No. T67’836, Case No. J16052, Circa 1960. Worn the TV show Mad Men. Estimate: $1,000-2,000. This watch is offered in the Rare Watches & Important Discoveries sale on 16 December at Christie’s New York
This watch was worn by Jessica Pare as Mrs. Megan Draper (née Calvet), who rose from being a member of the typing pool at Sterling Cooper, to receptionist, to Don Draper’s secretary and then his wife. This white gold and diamond-set Jules Jurgensen watch was selected to convey both youth and modernity — and as such was a perfect gift from Don to his new bride.
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