We had the opportunity to visit Philipps in London to view a selection of rare timepieces for the upcoming sales in Geneva, Hong Kong and New York. The Geneva auctions were recently concluded and it was a great success. This solidifies our thoughts that prices for rare and collectible timepieces will continue to increase as demand from global collectors expand. All attention is now at the upcoming sale in Hong Kong which takes place on the 27th of this month. We strongly urge collectors to visit the preview which runs from the ongoing up to 26th. Some of these watches may never be seen again.
Here are our top selections from this Hong Kong sale.
Lot 834 – Patek Philippe Ref. 3448
The Patek Philippe Ref. 3448 is an historically important timepiece, being the first self-winding perpetual calendar wristwatch made by Patek Philippe. But besides being the foundation of all automatic perpetual calendars, there are some details that make this particular piece stand apart from the rest, such as inverted date numerals around the moon, which is a rare detail that makes this piece more desirable to collectors. The fact this is also a white gold variant of the model makes it more collectible since only a few examples with this metal were produced. The condition of this piece is also second to none.
Lot 871 – Patek Philippe Ref. 130
First of all, Patek Philippe wristwatches in stainless steel are extremely sought-after by collectors, and this two-tone silver sector dial in a stainless steel case is a highly desirable combination. One of the details that make the Ref. 130 great is the way it combines the iconic “Calatrava” case design with sporty chronograph features. Add to the fact that this piece is in excellent condition, and it becomes an instant collectible.
Lot 876 – Rolex Daytona Ref. 6421 JPS Paul Newman
There are so many reasons why this vintage Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is an extremely collectible timepiece. To start, the Rolex Daytona Ref. 6421 is already hard to come by in excellent condition. Adding to its rarity is the fact that it’s a Paul Newman variant of the Ref. 6421 with its exotic dial. But it doesn’t end there. Making this piece even rarer is that it’s a JPS or “John Player Special” variant of the Paul Newman, which is incredibly rare. JPS Paul Newman Daytonas are identified by their 18K yellow gold case and contrasting black and gold dial that matches the John Player & Sons corporate colors you’ll find on the 1972 Lotus Formula 1 car which they sponsored. Lastly, it just looks really great aesthetically.
Lot 975 - Patek Philippe Ref. 2497
The Patek Philippe Ref. 2497 is a rare vintage piece that is important to collectors. This piece was manufactured in 1953 and is in surprisingly amazing condition for a watch from that era. There are very few examples of the Ref. 2497 ever made, and this is the first time that it has appeared in an auction. The dial of this particular piece is a first series example, with Arabic and dot indices and features a rare Spanish calendar.
Photographs from www.philipps.com
Gian P. Ho is a watch specialist for Vintage Grail, the shop at the Peninsula Manila that specializes in vintage watches and hard-to-find modern timepieces.