Luxury is key to designer wristwatch auction Jan. 31


Rare Venus 18K gold antimagnetic mechanical watch, 1970s, 19-jewel movement. Estimate: $4,700-$5,300. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – A Swiss-made Venus men’s watch in 18K yellow gold and a vintage Rolex Oyster watch in 9K rose gold are two of the many luxury wristwatches in a Jasper52 online auction on Jan. 31. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The 1970s Venus watch (above) is from a Southern estate and remains in pristine condition. Founded in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in 1902, the Venus watch company joined an elite group of luxurious Swiss watch-makers who would revolutionize the industry. The watch’s mechanical 19-jewel movement is in perfect working condition. Its case is 35 mm, unusually large for watches of this vintage. The handsome braided solid 18k bracelet is 18mm toward the lugs and tapers to 15mm toward the snap lock on the back. The original dial is in amazing condition with only a tiny smudge at the 6 o’clock indicator. The inside of the case is immaculate. It doesn’t appear to have ever been repaired and is in all original condition. The watch comes with a certified appraisal valuing it at $7,750. It is expected to sell for $4,700-$5,300.

The Rolex Oyster watch (below) features a 15-jewel Prima manual movement with a Plexiglas crystal and a leather aftermarket strap (est. $6,500-$7,500).


Vintage Rolex Oyster 9K rose gold Prima hand-wound movement watch,15 jewels. Estimate: $6,500-$7,500. Jasper52 image

The auction boasts a fine selection of chronograph watches. A Zenith El Primero Helios automatic chronograph in the auction has many features including running seconds and a moon/sun phase indicator. Water resistant to 50 meters, it has an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, stainless steel case and alligator band ($5,700-$6,500).


Zenith El Primero Helios watch, stainless steel case, automatic chronograph movement. Estimate: $5,700-$6,500. Jasper52 image

Another self-winding automatic chronograph being offered is a Cuervo Y Sobrinos Torpedo watch in a polished stainless steel case. It has a black dial with red-colored sub-dials and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters (est. $4,100-$4,600).


Cuervo Y Sobrinos Torpedo Automatic Chronograph Tour de España watch, Swiss self-winding automatic chronograph, polished stainless steel case. Estimate: $4,100-$4,600. Jasper52 image

A Rado split-second chronograph stainless steel watch has a 29-jewel automatic movement and a distinctive blue and black dial in a sleek stainless steel. This Swiss-made watch comes with its original box and papers (est. $2,300-$2,600).


Rado Split-Second Chronograph watch, stainless steel case, self-winding automatic 29-jewel movement with 48-hour power reserve. Estimate: $2,300-$2,600. Jasper52 image

For something new right out of the box, there’s a Seiko 5 watch with automatic analog with day and date feature in a 37 mm stainless steel case (est. $155-$175).


Seiko 5 automatic watch, new with box, automatic analog with day and date, stainless steel bracelet and case. Estimate: $155-$175. Jasper52 image

The auction will begin Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 9 p.m. Eastern time.