Christie’s Rare Watches and American Icons Auction 21st June brought in over 10,000,000 dollars when the hammer fell, the auction was held in New York, at Rockefeller Center with 250 timepieces on the day not bad for a days work. The watch theme for the auction was based on watches from American icons such as President Lyndon B, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and so on.
They was a couple of nice Paul Newman Daytona’s that always fetch good money but after the news of Paul Newman’s own personal watch coming up for sale soon by Philips Auctioneers and being the first auction after the news it failed to drive the Daytona’s prices up much. This may change after the ultimate Daytona goes for sale later this year 26th October.
Fifth : Heuer Autavia ref. 3646 with Indianapolis Motor Speedway Logo Dial = $199,500
The buyer of the Cartier Tank was no other than Kim kardashian West that paid the whopping $379,500 the most expensive Cartier more than likely. Vintage watches do not seem to be cooling off any time soon. You can check out some of the up and coming auctions with Christie’s
Talking Watches With J.J.Redick is another great video by Benjamin Clymer executive editor of Hodinkee. Benjamin interviews some of the astute watch collectors in the world. All the videos with Benjamin are well worth watching if you love watches!! Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, F.P Journe, Audemars Piguet, Rolex, IWC some of the finest watch makers money can buy. Here is a link to the previous post talking watch with Ahmed Rahman another good video and timepieces.
Watch collectors are coming thick and fast these days its become a very expensive hobby some of the really rare pieces are fetching millions of dollars at auction. Christies Auction House recently had a auction and sold some nice pieces including the Paul Newman Daytona my favorite watch I would love to own! Click on the link see what prices vintage watches sold for. Christies Sold Lots
Talking Watches With Ahmed Rahman In London, as the title says always like these little videos by Hodinkee, The watches are some of the best in today standards. Patek Philippe, Jlc, Rolex Daytona Paul Newman, Richard Mille a new comer to the watch game but very expensive pieces designed for F1 racing no surprise there expensive everything usually is to do with racing!!
A small collection of Panerai watches I have always liked Panerai’s they are a great versatile piece, which are a nice chunky watch do not tend be small by any means. The striking feature of the Panerai luminor range is the Luminosity on the dial of the hour markers and numbers. The group picture of them all together!
Top left Panerai 00212, Panerai 00090, far right Panerai 00114 bottom Panerai 00171
The first one in the collection is Panerai Luminor 00212 1950 Flyback Chronograph is great watch 44mm case but wears a lot bigger, it has the 1950 style Panerai case with the in-famous crown guard that is Panerai’s trademark and very distinctive.
The glass is domed and is just looks stunning and has a tachymeter on outer inner dial for measuring time to speed on the chronograph when doing lap times.
The flyback function allows you to start the chronograph stopwatch going and with the lower button which normal resets the chronograph back to 12 it allows split second multiple timing. This model is water resistant to 100m all the other ones in the pictures are 300m as most Panerai’s are.
The see through case back with Panerai’s beautiful in house Automatic Cal OP XIX an absolutely stunning piece overall with Panerai’s easy strap changing system on deployment. Some more pictures of the beast!
Next up is the Panerai Luminor 00090 this one is in a 40mm case in stainless steel and housed in the standard Luminor case. This has the date function at 3 o’clock with magnifier to blow up the date this is Panerai’s version of the Rolex Cyclops feature, Automatic movement with seconds hand at 9 o’clock.
The strap is stainless steel polished centre links with brushed sides on a steel deployment, This style strap is like marmite you love or hate them I am rather fond of the bracelet to be honest. A great unisex watch as my partner actual wears the 00090!
Next the Panerai Luminor 00114 White dial base model 44m manual wind movement is the a simple clean look standard panerai case and crown guard with stunning movement you can see through caseback on a leather strap. NO fuss or complicated mechanisms just wind and go.
Lastly one of my favorites Panerai Luminor 00171 Automatic Steel and Titanium Power reserve 44mm on deployment bracelet very similar to the 00090 but with titanium mixed with stainless steel and a power reserve indicator on the dial. The date function is also an addition to this model but due the materials it is very light on the wrist with great super wrist presence.
Panerai’s have been around a long time and years ago had links with Rolex another watch everyone should have in there collection for variety and versatility.
As the title says Rolex Gmt Master II Ref 116710BLNR AKA “Batman” long awaited for me. This piece is basically A standard Gmt Master II with Ceramic black and blue Bezel and a blue Gmt hand and recently become the watch to have! In the past the secondhand market was not that great with this model, as I felt people could not bare the thought of paying the extra £1000 for the different Colour bezel. I after admit I was one of them people 🙁
Now things have changed dramatically in the last 6 months folk are fighting for them in dealers with lists on new ones up to a 2 year waiting wow ouch! and secondhand prices soaring to get hold of one. I got to say do love the blue and black Ceramic bezel “Batman” with polished centre links on a oyster bracelet like Daytona, Yachtmaster, Milgauss, and a Maxi dial to boot which really set the watch. Most sports models adopt satin finish on the oyster bracelet.
I do think Rolex did get all the newer models right since launch around 2006 with big hour hand and big hour marker plots. This concept I think came from the Yachtmaster from memory definitely influenced from the stunning Rolex Submariner LV in 2003 when it was launched. A great looking watch overall if you can find one!
Here we have the Breitling Crosswind reference A13355 polished stainless steel is slowing becoming a classic watch design, I have owned a fair few over the years and they are not a small piece by any means, it measures 43mm in size with chronograph function with date window at 3 o clock.
The stunning white dial with raised roman numerals and raised Breitling logo also with a tachymeter around the inner bezel ring for timing distance to speed. The rotating bezel just has the minute markers for diving and is water resistant to 100m although the primary function of the watch is designed for pilots. The sapphire crystal has a anti glare coating on both sides for zero sun reflecting with viewing dial while when flying at high altitudes.
This model comes in a few variants gold and steel and solid gold and was discontinued around 2005 for chronomat evolution which very similar but a few minor changes. A great value piece on the secondhand market for you buck in my opinion!
Here is little beauty Omega Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz Meteorite Ref: 322.214.171.124.99.001, this particular piece is the standard speedmaster Moonwatch with a meteorite dial. The dial is unique and mesmerizing in colour and this model was to commemorate Apollo-Soyuz Test Project which was to superpowers working together on landing station in orbit. The watch has sapphire crystal with cal 1861 Manual wind chrono movement, Omega speedmaster have done 100’s of editions from Limited to special editions etc…. lost count over the years I think they probably done the most out of all the Swiss brands. But this a great piece for the collection!
As the title says Watch shopping in Chicago a visit to the new Marshall pierce a video by Hodinkee. Unfortunately Years ago I was in Chicago for a good while but was not into watches back then. I would be certainly be watch shopping if I ever go back to Chicago a great city to see the windy city.