For watch authorities, we are hitting an energizing stretch of sell-offs over the course of the following few months. After the generally quiet summer watch sell off season, things start to get in September and proceed through the large deals in Geneva and New York in November and December. Here are four watches I’ll be watching at the Bonhams September third deal in its London Knightsbridge location: a Piaget, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Zenith, and Rolex.
Piaget Ultrathin Automatic Watch reference 12303 in 18k White Gold around mid-1960s (presented previously)
While Piaget’s new watches are performing staggeringly emphatically, especially with its Altiplano ultrathin automatic line in Asia, there is next to no attention given to vintage Piaget watches. What’s more, plainly one of the essential purposes behind this is that there simply were very few made, and large numbers of them were in plans that don’t address current tastes.
Lot 223 , a reference 12303, is quite honestly one of the most delightful vintage Piaget watches I have seen. The white gold case with silver sunburst dial is totally shocking and dependent on my observations appears to be essentially more extraordinary than those made in yellow gold. Appearing to be in mint condition, the watch is the image of circumspection and class. In staggering unique condition with the first clasp and box (maybe even the first tie albeit the portrayal doesn’t say), this would be a magnificent watch to wear with a tuxedo and with business formal attire.
The fine development is the 12P , which was launched in 1960. It was the world’s most slender automatic development at 2.3 mm, and an unmistakable progenitor to the ultrathin 1208P movement found in the present Altiplanos. This Piaget at Bonhams (Lot 223) has a pre-deal estimate of $1,200 to $1,900, or not exactly a 10th of the retail cost of a new Altiplano, which in 18k white gold has a retail cost of $24,000 , conceded this is a comparison between a 34mm watch and a 43mm watch.
For our Week on the Wrist review of the new Altiplano, click here .
Peak Chronograph Reference A 277 around 1970
Lot 191, a Zenith chronograph reference A 277, is a model that lately has come onto the radar of authorities. It is a delightful watch with fundamentally the same as characteristics to the manual wind Heuer Autavia from the 1970s. Simply see Jeff Stein’s comparison of the A 277 versus the Autavia . At 40mm in diameter, it is a watch that has satisfying and wearable dimensions.
Featuring the delightful type 146H development, the A 277 was one of the last manual-wind chronographs Zenith made prior to switching to automatic El Primero developments taking all things together its chronograph. On the off chance that the development configuration looks somewhat familiar, it is on the grounds that it is an updated adaptation of the developments found in Universal Geneve watches, which were planned a company called Martel. Apex purchased Martel and the privilege to their developments in 1960.
Lot 191 has an estimate of $1,500 to $2,300.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Reference E855 around mid-1960s
Lot 91 , the automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox reference E855, regularly called the “Kind sized Memovox” is a genuine plan exemplary. The main automatic alert watch, this is the rendition with the K825 development that incorporated a date (the archetype K815 development didn’t have a date). These watches are especially appreciated due to their 37mm size, famously wearable for some individuals today.
It is not difficult to perceive how the plan signals from this watch impacted the new Memovoxes, such as the Master Memovox reference 1418430 . What I like about this specific Memovox at Bonhams is that it is the most punctual plan with the long record markers and dauphine hands. It appears to be altogether unique condition and even incorporates the first JL-marked crowns. It is amazingly common for these watches to have had at least one of their unique crowns supplanted. Discovering one with both is harder than you may think.
Lot 91 has an estimate of $930 to $1,200, however I would anticipate that it should go higher than that. These regularly sell in the $2,500 territory on eBay in unique condition.
Rolex Oyster Scientific with Sector Dial around 1936
Lot 83 , a Rolex Oyster Scientific is a little, yet lovely watch. In a steel case with the unmistakable Bubbleback and Oyster DNA, it features a delightful “area” dial with substantial, yet even patina. The dial and blue steel hands were intended to be simple for timing and likely promoted to those in mainstream researchers. This specific watch seems as though it has seen critical use in its life, yet to my eyes doesn’t look cleaned. The dark imprints working on this issue seem as though they could be earth that can be wiped off, yet I would check with Bonhams about that.
The manual wind development inside this Rolex was changed in accordance with 6 positions and is chronometer-ensured. The chronic number recommends it was made in 1936. In spite of the fact that many may evade the watch since it is just 31mm in diameter, it very well might be more wearable than some may understand. Furthermore, such a “area” dial welcomes immense cash on Patek Philippe watches of that period, whether chronographs or time-just reference 96s. It might have even been made by Fabrique de Cadran Stern Freres, the dial making company owned by the Stern siblings who famously purchased Patek Philippe in 1932 and whose family actually owns Patek Philippe.
Lot 83 has an estimate of $2,300 to $3,100.