Preview of Geneva May 2017 Auctions: Christie’s

Preview of Geneva May 2017 Auctions: Christie’s


LOT #166

Patek Philippe 2497 yellow gold, earlier the property of His Majesty, King of Kings, Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia

As I referenced prior, this watch had everybody buzzing back in November 2015. It is presently prepared available to be purchased and we are thrilled. According to research, this watch was originally commissioned by Federico Bazzi and was introduced as a gift to Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. Mr. Bazzi was a business visionary and pilot situated in Asmara, Eritrea (a previous Italian province, which framed a league with Ethiopia in 1952 after a choice of the UNO, and was completely attached to Ethiopia in 1961 by Imperial Decree). Mr. Bazzi was engaged with flight in Eritrea and directed the National Royal Aeronautic Union.

He introduced the watch to Haile Selassie on his authority visit to Switzerland in November 1954, a month after the affirmed conveyance of the watch by Patek Philippe. Years later, the Emperor himself introduced the watch as a gift to a prominent African character, whose relative has now consigned it for sale.

This Patek 2497 never-ending schedule has never otherwise been seen with this configuration of dial and hands and is conceivably remarkable. The military style radiant dial just as the dauphine iridescent hands would bode well for an extraordinary request by a pilot such as Mr. Bazzi. The caseback has the monogram of His Majesty Haile Selassie and the Extract from the Archives affirms it was executed dependent on a drawing given by the customer: therefore Mr. Bazzi purchased this watch with the particular goal of presenting it to the Emperor.

It is with great energy that we will be available at the bartering when this watch will be stirring up a heated fight among bidders in May. This will be the last lot of the regular assortment prior to taking a break and beginning the ‘A Rolex Afternoon’ begins.

Estimate CHF 500,000 – 1,000,000


As I examined previously, the second segment of the catalog is committed uniquely to Rolex and Christie’s has named it ‘A Rolex Afternoon’. This segment of the catalog, which is the whole evening meeting, is comprised of 116 lots covering 55 distinct references. Here are a couple of pieces that stood apart to us:

LOT #200

Rolex Milgauss 6543

We are generally acquainted with the 6541 Milgauss reference from the 50’s, yet this uncommon 6543 reference has an alternate case development. The counter magnetic caseback is integrated while there is a different delicate metal cover found in the 6541.

Likewise, it is commonly seen with a Submariner style diving bezel embed versus the red triangle and 1 to 5 bezel embed we generally see on the 6541.

The honeycomb dial is the equivalent, however, this reference didn’t have the lightning seconds hand, which is a signature detail of the mid 6541.

Lastly, an inquiry emerged a while back when discussing this reference with a companion: “Have you at any point seen a 6543 on a steel wristband?”. It is an interesting subtlety to take note of that the lug width is slightly smaller on the 6543 versus the 20mm on the 6541 and would clarify why there is no Oyster wristband on these and that this reference was conveyed on a leather strap.

Estimate CHF 150,000 – 250,000

LOT #216

Rolex Daytona 6241, 14K yellow gold, “John Player Special Paul Newman” dial

As I referenced prior, the king of all standards when looking at vintage watches, particularly sports models, is the condition. Uncommon is a general term when discussing mechanically made watches. Uncommon today implies that a vintage sports model is in amazing condition endure the harsh states of being thrown around for quite a long time. Obviously, this Daytona was scarcely at any point worn almost immediately and held its case-back sticker. The patina looking into it shows this watch has been sitting in a safe for a long time.

The reason this watch has a twofold epithet including “John Player Special” comes from the Formula One racing sponsorship of the Lotus race vehicles. In 1980’s, the arrangement of Lotus 87 through the 98T all conveyed the popular dark & gold shades of long-time group support John Player Special. The 97T and 98T, were the last to convey this shading scheme and support and were broadly determined by racer Ayrton Senna. These dark and gold tones, found on the gold Daytona “Paul Newman” were then nicknamed the “John Player Special” because of the resembling shading schemes and, without a doubt, the connect to racing history.

Estimate CHF 200,000 – 400,000

LOT #282

Rolex Daytona 6263, Khanjar

This is the last lot of the catalog and an interesting one to concentrate in detail. This specific 6263 was gifted from the Sultan of Oman to the BOAC (presently British Airways) plane pilot in 1974. It is clearly a prior chronic number (3.04 million versus 3.4 million) than what has been noticed already and there is no Asprey signature on the rear of the case. What makes this story interesting is that the pilot continued everything. He got this watch from the Sultan on a flight from Muscat to Rome and afterward traveled to London where, upon appearance, he announced the watch and paid the traditions obligations of 10 pounds, big haha. He kept the revelation and receipt, eyes bulging out emoticon. This uncommon example, indeed, has pretty much everything including the hangtag, box, external box, recently referenced import reports and original clear desk work. The Sultan was not in the habit of stamping his Rolex guarantees. Not to downplay such an epic watch, set and very much reported provenance, yet it is pretty psyche blowing that the pilot kept every one of these things and looking forward to seeing this one at auction.

Estimate CHF 320,000 – 420,000

More data by means of Christie’s .

Below, more images of the auction.

Lot 216 – Rolex Daytona 6241, 14K yellow gold video

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