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‘The Geneva Watch Auction: Two’ – Highlights of the Upcoming Phillips Watches Sale

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This year in November we will be attending a very important auction in Geneva, its name speaks for itself and so does its line-up. Phillips is putting on sale models that would make any watch nerd tick, especially if he’s into those days when Bond used to wear a Rolex…


The reason we brought up the 007 and Rolex is because one of the most important (and coolest) lots presented at the auction will be the Submariner ref. 5513. What’s so special about that Sub? How about EVERYTHING. Let’s start from the fact that it was worn by Roger Moore in ‘Live and Let Die’, as well as signed by him on the inside of the case back.



Now apart from that, this Rolex represents what the good old Bond films were about – cool stuff. One of the cool things about it is that in order for Bond to use it in the movie (to cut a rope that is) they had to make this Sub’s bezel look like little blades, as well as let the wearer unscrew it from the case. Another Easter Egg is a tiny hole on top of the case that was used in the movie to make the watch act as a magnet: Bond had a metal spoon stick to the Rolex in the film (with the use of a little wire that went through the hole). This watch is going to make anyone crazy about 007 want to take part in the auction, and we have a feeling it might exceed its estimate of CHF 150’000-250’000.


If Rolex is your thing but Bond isn’t (which is quite unlikely but possible) Phillips offers another famous model where the dial remains still. This Daytona ref. 6239 got its fame by being featured on the cover of Ultimate Rolex Daytona (by Pucci Papaleo) quite possibly making it the Ultimate Daytona. It’s nicknamed ‘Solo Quicksilver’ for having just the brand name ‘Rolex’ on its dial under the crown logo (and no other text around it). Its estimate is CHF250’000-500’000, and it very much deserves it, still being the only discovered model of its kind.


Now that we are talking about Daytonas, how about a very special (and possibly unique now) Daytona in yellow gold. The reason I say ‘special’ and ‘unique’ is because not only was it retailed by Hermes, it also has the stamp on the back of the case. And on top of that it’s a Paul Newman 6241 with an extremely clean dial, dating back to 1971. The estimate is quite high as well, somewhere between CHF 300’000 and 600’000.




We can admire the rarity and the watchmaking behind Rolex’s vintage pieces, but we definitely can’t ignore the fact that some of their pieces are real works of art. This ref. 6102 Bombay named ‘La Caravelle’ only proves that statement. An extremely rare piece displaying a Viking ship in cloisonne enamel was created by an artisan who once worked for a company owned by the Stern family (of Patek Philippe) and apart from its beauty it also holds an immense historical value. Hence the estimate price of CHF 350’000 – 700’000.



And speaking of artsy pieces and Patek Philippe, we thought this unique pocket watch is definitely worth mentioning when bringing up the highlights of the upcoming sale – an extremely beautiful reference 605 HU really just speaks for itself… And so does its estimate of CHF 500’000 – 1’000’000. And normally we’re not so keen on the world timers, but this is a truly unique case.


From pocket to wrist Phillips is selling some serious Pateks this time… Reference 2499 first series – a chronograph, a perpetual calendar, a gold case and golden dial – a beauty and one of the most desirable Patek Philippe models out there for collectors today it will be sold for somewhere around CHF 800’000 – 1.5 million. We decided to show you just how elegant and beautiful it looks on the wrist, and it is a personal favourite of our team out of the entire line up.



Finally, the Big Sale of November’s ‘Geneva Watch Auction: Two’ is the Patek Philippe ref. 1436. A steel split second chronograph, one of just a couple pieces known to us and manufactured back in 1949 (!) it is by far the one to watch out for at the auction. And while it does not look fancy at all its rarity and mint and untouched condition make it so desirable that the estimate of the watch is going to be between 1.5 and 3 million CHF!





Phillips is going very strong this time and we hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of highlights (that will also get updated as we close in on the auction). Stay tuned for more and we’ll see you in Geneva, on November 5th!


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