Heritage Auctions to sell 72 Rolex watches June 3 in NY

Rolex Submariner retailed by Cartier, circa 1967. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – A rare Rolex Submariner retailed by Cartier is among the most intriguing lots in Heritage Auctions’ Watches & Fine Timepieces Auction June 3 in New York. The auction includes 465 lots from an array of popular watchmakers, including Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Rolex and F.P. Journe. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

“This auction includes a wide range of exceptional watches for collectors of all levels,” said Jim Wolf, Heritage Auctions’ director of watches & fine timepieces. “Having such a collection of lots like this from so many elite watchmakers only strengthens Heritage Auctions’ stature as a leader in collectible timepieces.”

The rare Rolex Submariner, retailed by Cartier (above), ref. 5513/0, stainless steel, circa 1967 is offered by the original owner and purchaser, an avid diver and founder of the New York Sea Gypsies dive club. From its inception in 1905, Rolex has been offered by the most exclusive and important jewelers in the world. With respect to the greatest of jewelers such as Tiffany & Co., and Joyeria Riveria, whose store signatures are featured on Rolex dials, the rarest and most coveted are Rolex timepieces retailed by the house of Cartier.

A Patek Philippe platinum chronograph (below) with perpetual calendar, moon phases, tachometer and 24-hour indication, circa 2009 is offered in factory new pristine condition, single sealed. The lot includes the original wood presentation box, certificate of origin, an owner’s manual, an additional solid platinum case back, adjusting tools, all tags and all original supporting documents.

Patek Philippe platinum chronograph with perpetual calendar, moon phases, tachometer and 24-hour indication, circa 2009, in factory new condition. Heritage Auctions image

The 40mm platinum case includes a concave bezel, curved and fluted lugs, sapphire crystals and a diamond set on the rim between the lower lugs. The black dial features applied white gold faceted baton indexes, subsidiary dials for the seconds, 24 hours, 30-minute register and leap year. It is signed “Patek Philippe Geneve” on the case, dial and movement.

A 1990s Vacheron Constantin pocket watch in white gold features pave diamond-set dial with baguette diamond indexes, subsidiary dials for the four-year cycle, month, day of the week, date and phase of the moon. It is accompanied by a diamond-set 18K while gold vest chain, certificate of origin booklet, outer box and fitted burlwood presentation box.

Vacheron Constantin white gold and diamond pocket watch. Heritage Auctions image

A fine Rolex Padellone, Ref. 8171, triple calendar with moon phase, 18K yellow gold automatic watch is being offered at auction for the first time, and is considered one of the most important timepieces Rolex introduced during the late 1940s and early 1950s. The 38mm diameter is unusually large for watches made during the time, helping it to stand out from other vintage or modern Rolexes, due to the non-oyster case and full calendar moon phase complication. The brushed silver dial, with matte outer date and outer minute tracks, applied yellow gold baton markers and day, month and moon phase apertures, is set in an 18k gold case with quickset buttons for day, month, date and moon phase.

Rolex ‘Padellone’ yellow gold automatic watch, circa 1950. Heritage Auctions image

Also included among the 72 Rolexes offered in the auction:

– Rolex, very fine ref. 6263 Cosmograph, “Red Daytona,” full set, circa 1985.

– Tudor, very rare and fine ref. 7922, Oyster Prince Submariner, early series, circa 1954.

– Rolex, very rare ref. 6239 “Blue Daytona,” Oyster Cosmograph, stainless steel, circa 1967.

Patek Philippe Celestial Sky Chart in 18K white gold, circa 2005. Heritage Auctions image

Other top lots include:

– Patek Philippe, very fine ref. 1463, waterproof chronograph, 18K yellow gold, manual wind, circa 1963.

– Patek Philippe, very fine ref. 5102g, celestial sky chart, 18K white gold, circa 2005.

– Girard Perregaux, Opera 3, Mozart & Tchaikovsky musical timepiece, platinum, ref. 9979, no. 3, circa 2003.

– Breguet, rare and fine minute repeater perpetual calendar, platinum, ref. 5447, circa 2007.

– FP Journe, Chronometre Optimum, platinum constant force remontoire, circa 2012.