Review of Geneva May 2017 Auctions

Review of Geneva May 2017 Auctions

Our extraordinary patron Sacha Davidoff is announcing from Geneva on the upcoming sell-offs in May. He will feature the watches from a few closeouts that grabbed his eye. Right away, let’s have a look.

Geneva May 2017 Auctions

PHILLIPS in relationship with BACS & RUSSO

Back for their fifth Geneva watch sell off, Aurel Bacs & Livia Russo in relationship with Phillips sales management firm keep on stunning the bartering scene with their slobber inciting May inventory. This group keeps on upping the ante and is tireless in their stand firm on of the top foothold among the watch closeout houses. They have additionally reported they will have a topical Heuer closeout in November this year curated by Richard Crosthwaite and Paul Gavin, creators on the subject.

The Phillips watch division, as they routinely have done previously, shut their inventory and delivered it first among the May barters in Geneva. An essential favorable position regarding getting their watches before authorities before the others. By early April, Phillips has put their list on the web and is finished with their viewings in Hong Kong and London, in the mean time different houses are as yet putting the last little details on their lists. Notwithstanding this forceful ‘first-to-showcase’ approach, the determination of watches is equipped towards the tricky and practically unfindable ‘chalice’ watches. In a market, that is rapidly becoming so request solid that the inventory keeps coming up short, Aurel Bacs and his group continue bringing us.


The closeout, which happens on the nights of Saturday and Sunday May 13-14th in Geneva is comprised of 237 watches, about 40 more than in November , which will compensate for a CHF 11 million steel Patek 1518 not being available this time around. With the all out gauge of the list between CHF 16 to 30 million, they will have the most elevated all out accomplished and normal lot esteem, yet we will go further in detail and draw a few comparisons after the keep going closeout wraps up on May 15th.

Overall, this was an eye-getting index and made it hard for us to pick our top choices. More so than expected since there were no Omega Speedmasters in the index for us to straightforwardly hook on to. With the arrival of the Rolex 6062 “Bao Dai” to Phillips and again under Bacs, we anticipate a heavenly energy during the night. This watch sold for CHF 370,000 at Phillips in 2002, so just about 15 years after the fact, we envision we will see a 0 added to that bring about May.

We really appreciated the early see of the assortment before its takeoff to Hong Kong and coming up next are a couple of our favorites:

LOT #14, LOT #92, LOT #183 & LOT #202 – Tiffany & Co. marked dials

Why would we bunch four watches together? Since we once in a while see such an assortment of pieces in a solitary index. In the vintage authority world, there are pursued brands, in which certain models are profoundly attractive and, at long last, uncommon variations of those models make them considerably more important. Nonetheless, when those are then added to by a renowned retailer signature on the dial, the collectability factor duplicates. Lot#77 is additionally a Tiffany & Co. marked dial Rolex Submariner 1680, however we chose to zero in on these four:

#14 – Rolex Daytona 6264 14K Gold, Tiffany & Co.

A vintage Rolex Daytona needs no presentation as a sought-after gatherer watch. The 6264 is an uncommon reference having been delivered for just a brief timeframe in the mid 1970’s during the presentation of the new 727 type. What’s more, a 14K gold rendition, for the most part bound for the US because of import obligations, makes this a much more novel find. Proceeding with more profound into the review of this piece, we can see that the dark counters of this champagne dial have blurred over the long run to rich tropical earthy colored tone. Now, the Tiffany & Co. signature on the dial is the last detail that places this piece into the cosmically uncommon category.

Estimate CHF 150,000 – 250,000

#92 – Rolex Daytona 6241 14K Gold, Paul Newman Dial, Tiffany & Co.

Taking it above and beyond from the past lot examined, here we see a Paul Newman dial variation of the 6241, likewise in 14K Gold and with the Tiffany & Co. signature. Presumably quite possibly the best designs with the additional mark. Once more, we see that the worth duplicates when there is a twofold marked dial on a generally uncommon and attractive watch. Likewise, consider the name of this watch could be: Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona “John Player Special” Tiffany & Co., not really in that order.

Estimate CHF 400,000 – 800,000


#183 – Patek Philippe world time 2523/1, Tiffany & Co.

The reference 2523/1 was a report on the 2523 with lower drags that were not, at this point over the bezel and a 36mm distance across rather than the 35.5mm of the 2523. Patek Philippe suspended the world time in the last part of the 60’s and did as such for more than 30 years. There are just 9 known instances of the subtle 2523/1 and this is the solitary model known with the Tiffany & Co. signature. In the event that there was such a term for a watch this way, we would get it would be something like a Super Holy Grail.

Estimate CHF 900,000 – 1,800,000 

#202 – Patek Philippe perpetual schedule 3450, Tiffany & Co.

In 1981, the 3450 was the replacement to the 3448, Patek’s first programmed never-ending schedule and the first occasion when they incorporated a jump year marker on the dial. The primary arrangement among the 3450 had a red speck for the jump year sign, a collectible detail. With just a short creation run, this all around elusive reference has the Tiffany & Co. signature just seen at sell off a modest bunch of times.

Estimate CHF 220,000 – 320,000

LOT #94 – Breitling SuperOcean 1004

Although a large portion of us partner Breitling with flight, in the last part of the 50’s Breitling additionally looked to wander into the plunging device watches. The SuperOcean 1004 was dispatched in roughly 1957 as Breitling’s first programmed jumping apparatus watch on a cross section wristband. It is most likely one of our #1 plans for a jumping watch of the last part of the 1950’s. Its plan, suggestive of 1950’s vehicle plans, with its dish molded bezel, metallic lance and radiant circle lists and steel bolt adapted hands, encapsulates the cutting edge plans of the time. The 1004 creation was brief and these are really uncommon today. The iridescent material on the dial was marginally revived sooner or later, however it stays a dazzling model with a traditionalist estimate.

Estimate CHF 10,000 – 15,000

LOT #98 – LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm E857

One of the most cherished plunging watches, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm, is separate from other jumping watches by its alert capacity and being the first to have this element. The twin crown was a common component on other plunging watches (one crown used to pivot the moment bezel), however on this model, it was utilized to set the caution. A helpful apparatus for a jumper to hear what possibly they wouldn’t find in specific conditions as sound goes through water more effectively than light. Jaeger-LeCoultre wanted to make a recognition restricted release of this watch in 2011 for the US market (There was an European form as well). Much the same as this Jaeger LeCoultre watch would have been made under the LeCoultre name in 1959 for the US market also. This was because of an American protectionist obligations act (Smoot–Hawley Tariff Act) that constrained Jaeger-LeCoultre to dispatch developments and gather its watches in the US under the LeCoultre name and was disseminated by US company Vacheron-LeCoultre. This model additionally made a buzz on the web when a man discovered one of every a Goodwill store in the US for $5.99 and sold it for $35,000 and an Omega Speedmaster to Eric Ku. We are almost certain that with its dull earthy colored internal dial, this one will get an incredible cost too.

Estimate CHF 20,000 – 30,000

LOT #101 – Blancpain Fifty Fathoms MILSPEC I retailed by Barakuda

The Fifty Fathoms is among the most famous plunging watches ever. Under the 30-year residency of CEO Jean-Jacques Fiechter, an eager jumper, starting in 1950, Blancpain built up its first genuine plunging watch. What could be compared to 91.45 meters, was the profundity rating for the watch. It was created with details and community endeavors of the French Combat Diving School. The delivery occurred in 1953, one year before Rolex delivered the Submariner. Following the French Navy, different militaries stuck to this same pattern including the German, Israeli, Polish and US Navy.

The German Navy was provided by the jumping gear wholesaler Barakuda. You may perceive the name from other regularly called Blancpain Barracuda models. Nonetheless, it was not the fish, but instead the name of this wholesaler who additionally provided Bund military gave looked for German military divers.

This MILSPEC I has the component of the moistness marker at 6 o’clock and was highlighted at the Blancpain gallery 275th commemoration occasion. The ticket and declaration from the occasion are remembered for this lot. This is a regular citizen form and has no military etching, however has the Barakuda etching on the back from the distributor.

Estimate CHF 20,000 – 30,000


LOT #237 – Rolex Daytona 6263 Paul Newman “The Legend”, 18K yellow gold

Back in the day, most authorities and researchers questioned the presence of a 18K gold screw down Paul Newman Daytona. It was unfathomable that a particularly early reference would exist let alone in gold. Notwithstanding, it does. Two right models surfaced and bewildered nearly everybody. In this manner, it conveys the epithet “The Legend” and as the solitary third right model at any point to surface inside a scope of two or three hundred chronic numbers, might we venture to say one won’t surface once more? This is the most uncommon and most attractive Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona ever. This model flaunts a shocking case with its unique first arrangement gold ‘mille righe” pushers and a perfect dial with unblemished radiant records. On the off chance that the Bao Dai wasn’t in this sale, a Rolex record would be set by this one. Notwithstanding, a Daytona “Paul Newman” world record is on its way.

Estimate CHF 800,000 – 1,600,000

Thanks to Sacha Davidoff (from ) for this report.

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