2019 NOVEMBER GENEVA AUCTION RESULTS
A curated selection of Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces
Beau-Rivage Genève Hotel, Salon de l’Impératrice
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2019
From 10:00 a.m. Lots 1 – 262
From 2:00 p.m. Lots 263 – 652
GENEVA (November 12th, 2019) — On November 10th Antiquorum hosted its November auction in Geneva at Beau-Rivage Genève hotel.
The world’s premier auctioneers of timepieces, founded in 1974 in Geneva, presented an outstanding selection of the rarest modern & vintage timepieces.
“We are proud to offer a sale with such a broad range of watches confirming Antiquorum as the horology auction expert. This sale included items reflecting the storytelling of watchmaking: from pocket watches of the XVIIIth century to modern perpetual calendars. ” Romain Rea, Antiquorum’s CEO.
The outstanding selection of the rarest modern & vintage timepieces yield
CHF 6’884’506 in sales
The day was cadenced by the auction of three significant Rolex timepieces, lot 261, lot 652 and lot 262 obtaining the top three highest sale results.
Lot 261, Rolex, Ref. 6263 RCO, Oyster “Musketeer”, Paul Newman in steel rejoiced the Crown watch brand collectors with its unusual dial configuration featuring the word “Oyster” below the word “Cosmograph”. As of today, there have been less than ten exemplars known with this configuration and it is the first Oyster “Musketeer” to have appeated at an auction. The lot captured the heart of a happy collector for 1’100’000 CHF.
The highly attractive lot 652 sold for 362’500 CHF thrilled watch enthusiasts who recognized the extremely rare and desirable Rolex, Ref. 6241, Cosmograph with Tropical Sub-Dials and bearing a pulsation dial probably made on custom order for a few clients in the medical field.
Session 1 ended with the fantastic lot 262, a Rolex Daytona ref. 6239 in Stainless steel with an exotic dial “Paul Newman” attributed for 218’750 CHF,
With the intense auction pace of 652 lots, Antiquorum guided its audience through a remarkable journey across the history of fascinating figures.
Such is the case of the lot 247: a very special Rolex, ref. 1675, gmt-master, gilt dial, former property of the General Eduardo Galindo Grandchant originally from Carlos Coello “Tuma”, right-hand of “Che” Guevara.
The watch, supposedly found on the body of “el Che”, was kept by the famous revolutionary after the death of “Tuma” and was suppoed to be returned to Tuma’s family. Destiny placed the watch on General Grandchant to be handed over to Antiquorum for this November 2019 auction and obtained a well deserved 112’500 CHF bid.
Political history reared its head once again with lot 630, a Patek Philippe, ref. 96 engraved “Chamberlain” in Greek language on its case back hammered at 10’000 CHF incl buyer’s premium.
Neville Chamberlain was the British Prime Minister from May 1937 to May 1940, notorious for the questionable Munich Agreement in 1938, relinquishing a region of Czechoslovakia to the Nazis. When Hitler seized the rest of Czechoslovakia (March 10–16, 1939), Chamberlain definitely repudiated appeasement, and he soon published Anglo-French guarantees of armed support for Poland, Romania, and Greece in the event of similar attacks*.
Antiquorum was honored to offer its watch collectors lot 191, Patek Philippe ref. 2451, highlighting the extraordinary skills of François Modoux, “top régleur/regulator” of Patek Philippe, a lot entrusted to the auction House by Mr Modoux’s family. The talented watchmaker was gifted the lot 191 by the Swiss manufacture who engraved his name on the case back for his 25-year work anniversary (1920-1945) and it got sold at 17’500 CHF.
The auction also featured a remarkable selection of pocket watches encompassing lot 189 & lot 234 achieving the great results of 93’750 CHF and 92’500 CHF respectively.
Lot 198, estimated between 20-40’000 CHF, tripled its low estimation and marked a record price for a split-second pocket chronograph with minute recorder and minute repeater.
Lot 234 exceeded more than two time its estimation, this pocket watch made for the Chinese market, seduced by its very fine enamel craftmanship inspired by the English romantic painting tradition scenery.
Lastly, Antiquorum is proud to prove once again its prevalence as the watchmaking auction house expert with the result of the contemporary and daring Swiss watchmaker Urwerk UR-101 Nightwatch, lot 367, reaching a spectacular 112’500 CHF bid.