Posts filed under Watch Auctions

News: Phillips Watches Sells Over $25 Million USD at Their Geneva Watch Auction NINE. New Record for a George Daniels Watch and Rolex Submariner ref. 5508.

In another record-breaking sale this past weekend May 11-12, 2019 at the Hôtel La Réserve in Geneva, Switzerland, Phillips Watches, the leader in watch auctions achieved $25,800,625 USD after selling 98% of the 220 lots offered at auction. Just as usual, new records were set for Patek Philippe, Rolex, and independent brands like George Daniels. Even though most of the lots were very important from a horological standpoint, there five to six watches that broke records and that are considered highly important due to their rarity and history in the world of horology.

News: Phillips Watches Sells Over $21 Million USD at Their Geneva Watch Auction EIGHT. The Impressive Results of 16 Very Important Lots Are Here.

In another record-breaking sale this past weekend at the Hôtel La Réserve in Geneva, Switzerland, Phillips Watches, the leader in watch auctions achieved $21,250,815 USD after selling 99% of their 226 lots offered at auction. Just as usual, new records were set for Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet and independent brands like F.P. Journe. Even though most of the lots were very important from a horological standpoint, there are sixteen watches that broke records and that are considered highly important due to their rarity and history in the world of horology.

From the Editor: My Thoughts on The Phillips Watches Article on Emmanuel Gueit's Royal Oak Offshore 'The Beast'. Clearing up the Inaccuracies Stated by its Writer.

Yesterday October 4th, 2018, Phillips Watches published an article written by Arthur Touchot about the Royal Oak Offshore ‘The Beast’ belonging to designer Emmanuel Gueit. This watch with case number No. 39 will be offered by Phillips in their upcoming Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT taking place at the Hotel La Reserve, in Geneva, on November 10th and 11th. As you guys know, a couple of years ago, I published a very comprehensive guide explaining everything there is to know about this very first Royal Oak Offshore ref. 25721ST ‘The Beast’ —you can read my article here

News: Phillips Watches to Auction Steve McQueen's Own Rolex Submariner ref. 5513

After several record breaking sales in the last three years and the sale of Paul Newman's very own Rolex 'Paul Newman' Daytona ref. 6239 for $17.7 Million USD —including buyer's premium—, the team at Phillips Watches will be selling on October 25th, 2018, Steve McQueen’s own Rolex Submariner ref. 5513. This watch is the most important Steve McQueen-owned watch to appear in the market and the only one known to bear a special engraving on its case back. Presented as a gift to his top stuntman Loren Janes, this Submariner ref. 5513 reads on the back: “TO LOREN, THE BEST DAMN STUNTMAN IN THE WORLD. STEVE”.

Experience: Five Picks from the Upcoming Phillips Watches Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN. Our Live Pictures of Some Incredible Timepieces.

Here are our five picks from the upcoming Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN to be conducted by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo at the Hotel La Réserve in Geneva, Switzerland on May 12th and 13th, 2017. As you know, Phillips Watches is now the benchmark when it comes to watch auctions after several record-breaking auctions in Geneva, Hong Kong and New York. Fully curated by Aurel Bacs and his team, the Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN lines up to be another record-breaking auction where 'King Midas' —as we refer to Mr. Aurel Bacs of course in a very respectful way as anything he touches turns into real crazy money at the watch auctions— will bring the gavel down after giving his usual 'Fair Warning'.

News: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Unique Piece Sells for $240,000 USD at the One Night One Drop Charity Auction

Last Friday, March 2, 2018 a special charity auction took place as part of the 6th annual One Night for One Drop event imagined by Cirque du Soleil, raising funds and awareness to benefit critical water issues worldwide. Held at the Michael Jackson ONE Theater at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, one of the highlights of the live auction was the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Unique Piece in 18K rose gold with blue dial and rose gold subdials that sold for $240,000 USD. This very special unique piece bears the following reference number 26584OR.OO.1220OR.01.

News: Elvis Presley's Omega Watch Gifted by RCA Records to Be Auctioned at the Phillips Geneva Auction SEVEN. Our Live Pictures & All Details.

This weekend at Watches & Wonders Miami 2018, we had the opportunity to peruse and photograph one of the most important celebrity-related timepieces to come up for auction. We are talking about the Omega watch gifted by RCA Records to icon Elvis Presley in 1961. This historically important watch, will be sold at the upcoming Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN taking place in Geneva, Switzerland on May 12th and 13th of this year. The watch once belonging to Elvis Presley is a highlight of this upcoming auction and it's the watch which was owned and worn by the rock and roll icon...

Breaking News: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar ONLY Watch Piece Unique Sells for 800,000 Swiss Francs

The 7th edition of Only Watch was held this past Saturday November 11th, 2017 in Geneva, in the presence of watchmaking manufactures’ representatives, collectors and philanthropists, alongside 350 supporters in the room and many more bidders and participants online and on the phone. The 50 lots composed of unique watches and exceptional experiences were auctioned by Christie’s to bidders from 45 different countries. With a total of CHF 10,776,500 Swiss Francs raised, one of the watches that we followed closely was the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar ONLY Watch Piece Unique.

News: Paul Newman's Very Own Rolex 'Paul Newman' Daytona ref. 6239 Sells for $17.7 Million USD at the Phillips Watches Auction in New York.


With an estimate in excess of one million USD, Paul Newman’s very own Rolex 'Paul Newman' Daytona sold today at the Phillips’ Inaugural New York Watch Auction 'Winning Icons' for $15.5 Million USD plus buyers fees totaling $17,752,500 USD.

Experience: Our Live Pics of Paul Newman's Very Own Rolex 'Paul Newman' Daytona ref. 6239 to be Sold Today October 26 at the Phillips 'WINNING ICONS' Auction.

With an estimate in excess of one million USD, but in our guess a watch that will probably fetch money in excess of $10 million USD, Paul Newman’s very own Rolex 'Paul Newman' Daytona will be sold today at the Phillips’ Inaugural New York Watch Auction 'Winning Icons'. As we will be reporting live straight from the auction, this inaugural auction named 'WINNING ICONS: Legendary Watches of the 20th Century' will be dedicated to the most iconic collectors watches of the last century including this very special watch with a cult following.

News: The ONLY Watch Auction 2017 to Include 49 Unique Watches for its 7th Edition

For the second time since its first edition in 2005, the world renowned biennial charity auction ONLY Watch will be taking place in Geneva instead of Monaco. On November 11th, 2017, this exceptional fundraising for research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy will be opening the autumn Geneva watch auction week, in presence of hundreds of connoisseurs, donators and collectors who will undoubtedly engage in strong bidding competition for the unique timepieces especially made by the finest watchmakers for ONLY Watch.

News: Jackie O's Cartier Tank Sells for $379,500 USD at the Christie's Rare Watches and American Icons Sale. A Piece of American History.

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank watch just sold for $379,500 USD —including buyer's premium— at the Christie's Rare Watches and American Icons Sale in New York City today June 21st, 2017.  A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this Cartier watch and her “50 Mile Hike” painting will be donated to the National Endowment for the Arts. While this watch not only comes with significant provenance and rich history, Jackie O's Cartier Tank also has an interesting story behind.

Rare Bird: Rolex Triple Calendar ref. 6062 in Stainless Steel with Moonphases and Two-Tone Dial. A $2 Million USD Watch that is a True Watch Collectors Dream.

Last month we had the pleasure of perusing this rare bird. The Rolex Triple Calendar ref. 6062 from 1953 that sold at the Phillips Watches Geneva Watch Auction FIVE for almsot $2 Million USD is one of the most expensive 6062s ever sold at auction. With the interior of its case back stamped III.53, this Rolex ref. 6062 measures 36 mm in diameter and is fitted with a stainless steel case and a two-tone dial.

News: Paul Newman's Very Own Rolex 'Paul Newman' Daytona ref. 6239 to be Sold at the Phillips Inaugural New York Watch Auction

With an estimate in excess of one million US dollars, Paul Newman’s very own Rolex 'Paul Newman' Daytona will be offered at the Phillips’ Inaugural New York Watch Auction on October 26th, 2017. This inaugural auction named 'WINNING ICONS: Legendary Watches of the 20th Century' will be dedicated to the most iconic collectors watches of the last century. A historic event in its own right, WINNING ICONS will offer what is without a doubt amongst the most important Rolex watches to ever be offered on the market including the singular, one and only Rolex 'Paul Newman' Cosmograph Daytona ref. 6239 owned and worn by none other than Paul Newman.

Rolex Triple Calendar ref. 6062 'Bao Dai' Sells for $5.1 Million USD. The Most Expensive Rolex Ever Sold at Auction.

Last Sunday May 14th, 2017, this Rolex Triple Calendar ref. 6062 a.k.a 'Bao Dai' from 1952 sold at the Phillips Watches Geneva Watch Auction FIVE for $5.1 Million USD making it the most expensive Rolex ever sold at auction. But what makes this watch so valuable and special? Well, it is all about its provenance. Following the Indochina war in 1954, the world powers meet in Switzerland to negotiate with the Viet Minh on the future of Vietnam.

Rolex Paul Newman Daytona ref. 6263 a.k.a 'The Legend' from 1969 Sells for $4.18 Million USD. A New World Record for Any Rolex Daytona Sold at Auction.

Setting a new world record for any Rolex Daytona ever sold at auction and holding now the second place for the most expensive Rolex wristwatch ever sold at auction, lot number 237 at the Phillips Watches Geneva Watch Auction FIVE was sold for CHF3,722,000 Swiss Francs plus buyer's fees totaling CHF4,168,640 Swiss Francs —$4,182,023 USD— yesterday evening Sunday May 14th, 2017. This ultra rare 18K yellow gold Rolex Daytona Paul Newman ref. 6263 nicknamed 'The Legend' fitted with a 'lemon' grené dial and with case back stamped 6239 had an original estimate of CHF 800,000-1,600,000 Swiss Francs.

Experience: Five Picks from the Upcoming Phillips Watches Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE. Our Live Pictures of Exceptionally Rare Timepieces.

Always a joy to stop by Phillips in New York City and spend time with Mr. Aurel Bacs and his team. After a Monday morning very well spent with our friends at Phillips Watches a week ago, here are five picks from the upcoming Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE to be conducted by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo at the Hotel La Réserve in Geneva, Switzerland on May 13th and 14th, 2017. As you guys know, Phillips Watches is now the benchmark when it comes to watch auctions after several record-breaking auctions in Geneva and Hong Kong.

Insider: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Two-Tone Sells for $41,000 USD at the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction FOUR to Set a Record for Two-Tone Royal Oaks.

Setting a new high for any Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Two-Tone sold at auction, yesterday Sunday November 13, 2016, a highly attractive Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Two-Tone —18K yellow gold and stainless steel— reference 25402SA sold for $41,000 USD —including buyer's premium— at the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction FOUR.

Breaking News: Patek Philippe ref. 1518 in Stainless Steel Sells for $11 Million USD at the Phillips Watches Auction FOUR in Geneva

Breaking all records ever set at auction for a wristwatch, the ultra rare and legendary Patek Philippe ref. 1518 in stainless steel just sold today November 12th, 2016 for CHF9.6 Million Swiss Francs plus 12% buyer's premium —totaling CHF10,752,000 Swiss Francs, roughly $11 Million USD— at the Phillips Auction FOUR at the Hôtel La Réserve in Genève. What makes the Patek Philippe ref. 1518 so special, is the fact that it is the world’s first perpetual calendar chronograph produced in series and only 281 examples of it were ever produced.

Breaking News: Rolex Daytona 'Paul Newman Panda' ref. 6263 with Tiffany Dial Sells for 804,000 Swiss Francs at the Phillips Watches Auction FOUR in Geneva

Today, November 12th, 2016 in Genève, Switzerland at the Hôtel La Réserve, a Rolex Daytona 'Paul Newman Panda' ref. 6263 —Lot 30— sold for CHF670,000 Swiss Francs plus 20% buyer's premium —totaling 804,000 Swiss Francs— at the Geneva Watch Auction FOUR by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo.