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Cartier Coussin bamboo watch, $34,650

Cartier Bamboo Coussin is king at Hindman Watches auction

Cartier Coussin bamboo watch, $34,650
Cartier Bamboo Coussin watch, $34,650

CHICAGO – Cartier watches achieved remarkable prices during Hindman’s Watches April 12 auction, led by a Bamboo Coussin watch that realized $34,650. The price is among the highest that a Coussin watch has sold for at auction. The auction drew in bidders from 34 countries and ultimately exceeded its total estimate. A total of 47 percent of lots hammered at or above their high estimates.

“While we were expecting the Cartier watches to perform very well, we were particularly pleased with the response to the 1970s Bamboo Coussin watch, as well as an early 1920s Cartier Tank, one of the first ever made,” said Senior Specialist of Watches Sean Johnson. “Both these watches combined historical importance, rarity, and exceptional condition.”

The Cartier Coussin watch was a highly anticipated lot, ultimately soaring past its $12,000-$18,000 estimate to realize $34,650. The Bamboo version is particularly scarce and is an extremely sought-after watch from the renowned jewelry house. This example is also in impeccable condition.

Cartier/European Watch and Clock Co. Inc., 18K gold Tank watch, $16,380
Cartier/European Watch and Clock Co. Inc., 18K gold Tank watch, $16,380

Strong prices were also realized for a Cartier/European Watch and Clock Co. Inc., 18K gold Tank watch, Ref. 12772. It earned $16,380 against an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. Another Cartier that did notably well was an 18K gold dual-time Tonneau watch that brought $8,820 against an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.

Roger Dubuis Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Hommage watch, $28,350
Roger Dubuis Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Hommage watch, $28,350

Roger Dubuis watches saw significant bidding activity, highlighted by a Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Hommage watch that tripled its estimate, selling for $28,350. Another strong sale from the manufacturer was a limited edition Bi-retrograde Hommage watch that attained $22,680 against a $6,000-$8,000 estimate.

Alfred Dunhill lighter with built-in clock, $7,560

Alfred Dunhill lighter with built-in clock, $7,560

Additional noteworthy sales included an Alfred Dunhill lighter with a built-in clock that sold for $7,560 against an estimate of $1,500-$2,500; and a Jaeger-Lecoultre 18K gold Reverso Quantieme Perpetuel retrograde watch, Ref 270.2.55, which realized $21,420 against an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.

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