NEW HAMBURG, Canada – A Cartier Pasha minute repeater men’s watch slipped onto a new wrist for $64,900 in Miller & Miller Auctions’ bi-annual Watches & Jewels sale held November 20. Offered were luxury watches and fine jewelry, with vintage and collectible watches from names like Rolex, Tudor, Omega, Patek Philippe, Corum and Panerai. All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars.
The Cartier Pasha watch, Ref. W30012, was easily the top achiever in an auction that grossed $512,179. It featured the calibre 179 18K gold movement with 26 jewels designed by Gerald Genta. The minute repeater, perpetual calendar with day-date-month, moon phase and leap year indicator all worked in perfect harmony. It realized $64,900.
Right behind the Pasha was another Cartier beauty: a Diabolo Tourbillon wristwatch. This example was serviced and refinished by Cartier in Switzerland in December 2018. It sold for $29,500.
Among the jewelry top lots was a platinum 15.45 carat diamond cocktail ring with a claw-set marquise-shaped cut diamond of fancy yellowish brown color. The stone weighed 4.32 carats and had VS-1 clarity, and was surrounded by 32 claw-set round brilliant cut diamonds having an approximate total weight of 5.93 carats. The size 8 ring brought $29,500.
Staying with jewelry, a 14K gold lady’s combination cast and assembled four-prong solitaire ring with a bright polish finish and one basket-set round brilliant cut diamond weighing 2.82 carats went for $15,340, and an 18K white gold lady’s hand-assembled, custom-made diamond engagement ring with a nice high polish finish, containing one claw-set, pear-shaped cut diamond weighing 3.42 carats, topped out at $12,980.
A circa 1978 Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen watch, Ref. 1655, and nicknamed “Freccioni” (Italian for “big arrow”, which describes the watch’s large hand) realized $23,600.
A circa-1996 Rolex Ref. 16613 Submariner Date watch, stainless steel with 18K center links and bezel, sold within estimate for $12,980. Also, a circa-1991 Rolex Ref. 16570 Explorer II, an intrepid chronometer built to accompany explorers in extreme challenges, earned $11,800. A distinctive red hand displayed the time in 24-hour format to distinguish between night and day, a handy feature for worldly adventurers.
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