Fresh-to-market rarities offered in Heritage Auctions watch sale Oct. 27

Universal Geneve rare and very fine ref. 881101/03 steel Tri-Compax, circa 1960s. Heritage Auctions image

Universal Geneve rare and very fine ref. 881101/03 steel Tri-Compax, circa 1960s. Heritage Auctions image

 

NEW YORK – When Heritage Auctions’ Oct. 27 offering of watches and fine timepieces opens, world-wide bidders will see something most other auction houses never offer: a hand-curated selection of exotic, fresh-to-market timepieces from Patek Philippe to Piguet at opening bids unheard of in the collecting hobby.

Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

More than 85 percent of the lots being auctioned are offered without reserve,” said Jim Wolf, director of watches and fine timepieces. “This is an important auction for those seeking key pieces for their collection or those who have been waiting for rarities to finally surface. All of them are in very choice condition and extremely rare. We expect strong interest in watches of superb quality and solid history.”

Here are three of the unusual and highly sought-after examples the auction has to offer, as well as those with historical significance.

The first is a Universal Geneve rare Ref. 881101/03 Steel Tri-Compax (above), circa 1960s. This highly sought-after vintage timepiece is fresh to the collectors market. The extremely well preserved “exotic” slate dial, the classic case with fine black tachymetre bezel, the caliber 281 movement, and the original bracelet make this a “must have” for the serious “Tri-Compax” aficionado. Savvy collectors know the market on these watches has been leaping higher recently (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Next is a Patek Philippe Ref. 2526 18K rose gold self-winding wristwatch (below) with first series enamel dial. This circa 1950s watch is recognized by some collectors as the best watch ever made. This amazing watch was introduced in 1953 and with Patek Philippe’s first self-winding movement. Production of this reference 2526 was limited to 580 pieces, and is rarely seen in rose gold (est. $25,000-$35,000).

 

Patek Philippe ref. 2526 18K rose gold self-winding wristwatch with first series enamel dial, circa 1950s. Heritage Auctions image

Patek Philippe ref. 2526 18K rose gold self-winding wristwatch with first series enamel dial, circa 1950s. Heritage Auctions image

 

The last of this trio is a Franck Muller superb 18K pink gold wristwatch Ref. 7000 QP E, automatic, perpetual calendar, chronograph, with moonphase, equation of time, leap year indicator, and 24 hour indicator. The complicated Franck Muller offered here is synonymous with highly complex movements and unique designs. These watches are instantly recognizable for their beautiful numeral design along with elegant cases and stunning dials. This is a great example of clean and sober designs that have timeless elegance (est. $20,000 – $25,000).

 

Franck Muller superb 18K pink gold wristwatch Ref. 7000 QP E. Heritage Auctions image

Franck Muller superb 18K pink gold wristwatch Ref. 7000 QP E. Heritage Auctions image

 

These and over 200 additional watches will be sold at Heritage Auctions’ Watches and Fine Timepieces Auction, which will be held at the Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Ave., in New York.