NEW YORK – Watch collectors and anyone desiring a luxury timepiece should peruse the Jasper52 auction catalog of premium designer wristwatches that will be sold Wednesday, Oct. 24. The auction features the most sought-after names in watchmaking such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, LeCoultre and Rolex, many in 18K gold. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Sixty-three Rolex watches are available in the sale. One of the finest is a rare Oyster Perpetual Date model in an 18K yellow gold Florentine finish (above), which is attained by achieved by beating gold with a diamond-tipped tool that leaves permanent faceted dents in the surface. At the heart of this watch is a legendary automatic high-grade movement caliber 1560 on 26 jewels.
This early 1950s model features an original gold dial. It is expected to sell for $18,000-$22,000.
For those seeking sporty elegance, there’s the prestigious Cartier Pasha in 18K gold (below). Made in the early 2000s, it features the Swiss Cartier quartz movement
An 18K gold Patek Philippe watch made in 1943 runs accurately all functions work as expected. Built into it is a legendary manual winding high-grade movement caliber 9-90 on 18 jewels. It displays a handsome champagne dial.
Also from Patek Philippe & Co., founded in Geneva in 1851, is an 18K gold watch that runs on a manual winding high-grade movement caliber 10-200.
First made in 1875, Audemars Piguet watches were a success because of their precision work and high quality. And that is why these watches stand out today. The Edward Piguet Quantieme Perpetual 18K yellow gold watch in the Jasper52 auction was made in the 1990s and is an iconic timepiece. At the heart of this watch is manual winding movement caliber 2003/2 on 18 jewels, which runs perfectly and functions fully. The watch is presented on original black leather strap signed “Audemars Piguet.”
The auction will conclude with an alternative to gold—a bold Hublot Big Bang King automatic watch in titanium and ceramic, which is estimated at $8,000-$10,000.
Bearing the highest estimate in the auction ($47,000-$56,000) because of its short production run is Rolex Oyster Perpetual Turn-O-Graph watch made in 1953. Rolex launched the Turn-O-Graph that year. It marked the first series produced by Rolex that feature a rotating bezel. Competition from the Submariner and the advent of the GMT in 1954 – both models presenting a similar revolving bezel – decreed the quick demise of the turn-o-graph which, with a lifespan of about three year from 1953 to 1956, is among the shortest-lived product lines in the history of the company, and thus one of the scarcest and most collectible.