From left: Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 5711/1A; Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Retrograde Officer's Watch Ref 5059R-001; Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 6542, Circa 1956. Photograph from Finale File Art
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The “holy grail” of watches is going under the hammer at Finale

A Rolex Daytona 6239, which shares the same reference and dial as Paul Newman’s record-breaking timepiece, is included in Finale’s second jewelry and watches auction. This happens a day after artwork by the likes of Marina Cruz, Romulo Olazo, Jigger Cruz, and Malang are set to be gaveled off.
ANCX Staff | May 09 2019

Finale Auctions is set to host a two-day event starting on May 18. One the first day of the live auction, a cross-generational range of lots from the likes of Marina Cruz and Jigger Cruz to Philippine masters Romulo Olazo and Malang are set to showcase their rich aesthetics and techniques.

Patek Philippe “Jumbo” Nautilus Ref. 3710.

Marina Cruz is known for her detailed and formalist nostalgic depictions of fabric from her family’s archives while Jigger Cruz’s thick impasto on classical imagery traverse lines intersect between realistic figuration and sublime abstraction. Olazo, remembered primarily for

his Diaphanous and Permutation series, and Malang, who is recognized for cubist portrayals of local sceneries and characters, are celebrated for their distinct modernist voices and techniques.

More sought-after pieces:

While the art being auctioned is spectacular, the second day of the event, centered on jewelry and watches, really caught our attention. This is the second time that Finale is presenting an auction specifically for timepieces and other precious adornments. The sophomore showing offers incredibly rare pieces and an extensive watch collection.


Legendary pieces

At the pole position of the watches on offer is an example many consider to be a horological holy grail: The Rolex Daytona Reference 6239, Paul Newman Panda. The example up for auction is in pristine condition and shares the exact same reference and dial as Paul Newman’s own watch, which every connoisseur knows sold for a record of $17.7 million in New York two years ago.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona "Paul Newman" Ref. 6239, Circa 1969.

This will be one of few chances available to own one of the most sought-after watches in history. Another exquisite example is a limited edition watch from esteemed watch house and designer Richard Mille. The Richard Mille RM 030 NTPT Asia Exclusive demonstrates equal parts signature design and engineering prowess. An RM 028 will also be going under the hammer.

Richard Mille Limited Edition Ref. RM28.

Joining this lineup is a large curated collection of 22 Seiko timepieces, with a selection from limited edition Seiko and Grand Seiko models, feature their signature robust designs and unique technology behind their high-end movements. This will be the first time in the country that a Seiko collection this large and rare will be offered as one lot, all in mint and brand new condition–complete with full documentation.

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT Ref. SBGH047.

A range of Patek Philippe complications are presented as well as models from the Nautilus line, namely the reference 5980 chronograph, the reference 3710 and a brand new reference 5711. With their popularity and long waiting lists, these timepieces are highly prized. Limited edition and rare examples from celebrated houses of Audemars Piguet, A. Lange & Sohne, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, and Tudor are also open to bids.

Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph Ref. 5980/1A-014.

Beside the Newman watch, an exceptional lineup of vintage Rolex timepieces are also included, including a rare GMT-Master reference 6542 with its instantly recognizable two-tone “Pepsi” bezel, tropical dial examples, and a selection of hard-to-find Daytonas which include a reference 16520 floating dial R-Series, A-series, and Patrizzi dial, a reference 6240, and various GMT and Submariner examples including one stamped Tiffany & Co. will be available to discerning collectors. Finally, two examples of UAE stamped Rolex models and an exceptionally rare GMT “Batman” custom piece made for the Sultanate of Oman.


Brilliant cuts

To complement this outstanding line up Finale Auctions will be presenting a broad range of jewelry including investment grade diamond and colored gemstone pieces in both modern and vintage variations. Top of the list is a stunning 6.89-carat GIA certified fancy intense yellow diamond ring, a Bulgari Serpenti collection necklace, and a fine pink sapphire and diamond necklace.

Bvlgari Serpenti Necklace.
A 6.89 carat fancy intense yellow diamond dress ring.

The selection features a 5-carat brilliant cut diamond ring, 3-carat heart shaped diamond ring, and 3-carat marquise diamond ring. Other alluring pieces include blue sapphire and diamond floral pendant earrings and an attractive pair of diamond pendant earrings with 2-carat heart shaped diamonds. Also included are colored sapphire floral pendant earrings, a 27-carat amethyst ring, a modern diamond cocktail ring, and yellow gold spray brooch. Cultured diamond offerings include various stud and pendant earrings and solitaire rings.

A 3.02 carat heart-shaped diamond ring.
An elegant pair of sapphire and diamond floral pendant earrings.


The Finale Auctions preview begins Thursday, May 9 until live auction days at Finale Art File, Warehouse 17 La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati. The two day event starts at 2pm. The online catalogue may be viewed at For more information, call 813-2310.


Photographs courtesy of Finale File Art