NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – A Patek Philippe Reference 3940 perpetual calendar men’s watch with 18K white gold case and clasp; a Rolex Reference 1680 red Submariner Date men’s watch from 1972 with stainless steel case and band; and a VS2 diamond solitaire ring with a 1.99-carat center stone and a 14K white gold band are a few expected highlights in Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s online-only Watches & Jewelry auction slated for June 12. All estimates quoted are in Canadian dollars. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The Patek Philippe Reference 3940 is one of the most iconic perpetual calendar wrist watches available today. It’s mostly found in yellow gold, with far fewer examples in 18K white gold, making the one in the sale that much more desirable. Originally purchased in 1999 from Tourneau in New York, it has an estimate of $35,000-$45,000.
The Rolex Reference 1680 red Submariner Date watch produced in 1972 is mechanically functioning, with recent Rolex service records. The watch is marked, “Montres Rolex S.A Geneva Switzerland Patented Stainless Steel 1680” on the inner case-back. It’s fitted to a modern, solid link Rolex oyster band, and the Rolex box is included. It is estimated at $25,000-$30,000.
Other Rolexes in the sale include a 1969 Reference 5513 Submariner that can be worn for sport and scuba diving or used as a tool watch, and a 1978 Reference 1680 model with the dial signed with, “Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Submariner 600 ft – 200m Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified Swiss – T 25.” Both are estimated at $15,000-$18,000.
A Patek Philippe Reference 3611/1 Calavatra watch made in 1975, with case and bracelet both in solid 18K yellow gold, is expected to bring $16,000-$18,000; while a Tag Heuer Autavia GMT 2446C watch from 1972 featuring an amazing Pepsi bezel, original pushers and crown, plus compressor case, should go for $18,000-$20,000.
A rare Omega Speedmaster Pre-Moon watch from 1968, Reference 145.022-68, utilizing cal. 861, carries an estimate of $14,000-$16,000; while a Vacheron & Constantin Reference 7390 watch from 1970, with an 18K white gold, 32mm cushioned case and two straps (alligator and 18K white gold mesh) should rise to $12,000-$15,000.
Two watches, one English and one French, have identical estimates of $2,500-$3,000. A George Prior verge fusee watch, made in London in 1812, has an outer case of metal, a second case of tortoise shell, and third and fourth cases of silver. A French Breguet et Fils (Paris) repeater “clock watch” has a 56mm silver case, on demand strike, and quarter repeating.
Jewelry selections include a diamond solitaire ring with a 14K white gold band and an impressive center stone weighing 1.99 carats by scale. The ring, which comes with a certificate of appraisal, should change hands for $18,000-$20,000. Also, an 18K white gold and diamond tennis bracelet, boasting 49 round brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weight of 4.00 carats, should reach $3,000-$4,000.
The current rate of exchange dollar is CA 1 = 80 cents.
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