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
Here is a interesting watch the Rolex Daytona 6263 after the recent post of mine regarding Paul Newman Daytona 6239 found and is going up for auction later on this year by Christie’s auction house. This particular watch the 6239 was given to his daughter’s boy friend in the 1980’s which was a iconic watch in itself worn and loved by the main man. I recently read a article that shed light on the Daytona Paul wore after the 6239 this the Rolex Daytona 6263 with engraving on the caseback drive slowly Joanne. This one was also given to Paul by his wife.
Paul had a long history with racing driving one of his true passions there is a picture below with Paul on the podium after a race. As you can see in the picture the Daytona was being used in the races as probably one of the reasons Paul loved the Daytona so much. The tachymeter measures miles per hour over a distance of a mile most chronographs have this feature but the Daytona was the watch to have on the track.
Paul Newman played a big part in vintage watches probably was one of the biggest factors the Daytona become so successful also with the watches being so beautiful helped. The Vintage Daytona will always be the watch to buy now and in 50 years but prices seem to be soaring every day all the big collectors want a vintage Daytona. Christie’s Auctioneers have plenty vintage watch auctions some of the rarest of the rare.
As the title says a lovely little piece by Heuer, The Heuer 1614 french made a very 1970,s design and colours! These was manufactured by firm called Monnin for Heuer not sure why they was made in France but there is no markings by Monnin. The watch was made in a few variants this version has a fume dial with blue sub dial, tachy ring orange chrono and minute marker hands with date window at 3 o clock.
This Heuer is anti-magnetic and houses a Swiss valjoux 7765 movement very popular movement used by loads of watch makers in the past valjoux. I love the watches from the 1970,s have great character and charm brushed steel with polished sides. Most watches from that era have increased in value some of the Heuer’s have rocketing in price beyond belief. This one is at the cheaper end of the market but a great piece all the same for the vintage look also with Heuer name too total value for money without breaking the bank.
As the title says Rolex Daytona Cosmograph 116500LN White Panda dial probably the watch of 2016 from Rolex very much loved and anticipated by every collector worldwide. The frenzy started after the basel show 2016 where Rolex showed the piece off since then the waiting list become impossible to get on everywhere in the world with the original RRp of £8250 pre price increase. To add to that never you will never see one in a Rolex Authorized dealer anywhere.
The watch is very similar to the older pre ceramic version which had stainless steel bezel with white dial and silver sub dials, the Rolex 500 (short for this model) has Cerachrom bezel in ceramic is the biggest change that is deeply loved and having a white dial with black subdials is a true Panda dial. Panda dial these days in any watch brand everyone wants!!!
The bezel I totally get after having the older model it is very easy the scratch, the ceramic bezel a lot tougher to mark when you are very OCD about your watches as most collectors are. The Rolex Cosmograph was loved by various stars Paul Newman was a great fan and true ambassador to the cosmograph brand dating back to the 1970’s which probably gave the watch its collector status today. Paul Newman Daytonas are fetching over £100k these days not bad for a £300 £400 watch in the 70’s. But to be honest vintage market gone through the roof last few years anything matt dial of gilt is the way forward.
To be honest I really loved the watch but at the cost of well over RRp I was very underwhelmed with the watch to be honest once I got one, this may be down to all the hype and build up to getting the watch and wanting one so bad!! But as waiting lists are totally non existent on this model for the next 15 years you after pay the premium to own one unfortunately as being Daytona fan had to try one. The pictures do speak volumes.
As the title says following are recent blogs of the SpeedMaster Moon watch, this is the modern version of the moonwatch st 145.022 it has not changed much since the previous model st145.022. They has been a few subtle changes the dial is luminova rather than aged tritium dials which started around late 90s. The bracelet has been updated to modern style and feel with brushed and polished finish and a lot more robust. The movement has been updated from Cal 861 to 1861 not sure what they did more than likely a slight modification on the Cal 861 which has been in moon watches for over 20 years.
The look is still the same with hesalite crystal and tachymetre bezel also the caseback is the same as previous model st 145.022, the changes overhaul are very minor, the biggest change is the look modern or vintage which just comes down to taste personally vintage look for me always. The luminova dials glow really bright in the dark as the vintage stuff does not glow at all as tritium loses its luminosity the longer it ages.
There is actually an newer version to this model, made a few years back only difference is they gave this a new model number and updated the bracelet with screws and a pins instead of the pin and tube just to make it easy to remove links and possibly less chance of age related stretch. However they added a huge briefcase style box that weighs a ton and bumped the price up to £3390 from around £2700 but the actual watch head stayed the same.
If your are looking for a modern speedmaster moonwatch this is the one to buy 3570.50.00 if you want a vintage moonwatch then look for the st 145.022 as prices are still good and not gone crazy yet. The earlier moon watches are stupid crazy money and hard to find.
As the title says “Speedy Tuesday” this one of the many Limited Editions Omega made which is probably in the 1000s, The Moonwatch has always been a favorite of mine does not get much better in conversation as “The first watch worn on the Moon.” This particular model the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo II 35th Anniversary was made around 2004 and limited to 3500 pieces and is the standard moonwatch 42mm with the hesalite crystal and Calibre 1861 movement which is slight update of the 861 movement that they put in the original moonwatch.
The apollo II is a cracking looking piece which I think will be a future collector’s “got to have piece”, as the watch has some very nice touches that most speedy fans will like:
firstly the Panda Dial silver dial black subdials always goes down well in any watch.
2nd. The applied Metal Omega Logo as the first pre moon watches that date pre 1969 hence “pre moon” had the applied logo then after the dials all made with the painted logo in white. The caseback not to shabby either all together a very nice piece that is modern with a few twists from the old Moonwatch.
3rd Th red writing on the landing 20 July 1969 all in all works well.
The apollo Limited edition were made every 5 years from the first moon landing on 20 July 1969 to commemorate the landing and I think this definitely one to have in the apollo II editions. To be fair all moonwatch are great pieces in general well respected watches that loved by millions if you like winding them up every 48 hours. If you get the chance to purchase one do not hesitate in purchasing there getting harder to find.
Tudor Inside The Archives Talking Watches with Hodinkee a nice video, Vintage Tudor has become like vintage Rolex very very desirable in every way. In the past Tudor was the cheaper Rolex, Branded Tudor with Rolex movement, crown, case back, etc… They even did the Submariner range that was identical but says “Tudor” on the dial. Some of the best Tudor’s watches in my opinion highly sort after and collectable the Monte Carlo range very like the Daytona in every way. Every collector should have a Tudor Monte Carlo hopefully one day I will own one. Enjoy the video!
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.
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!