NEW HAMBURG, Ontario – Antique and modern jewelry and watches, to include a generous selection of fine gold estate jewelry by makers such as Tiffany, Cartier and Bvlgari, plus vintage and modern wristwatches by Rolex, Tudor, Omega, Piaget and others are up for bid in Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd.’s Jewelry & Watches auction on Saturday, Nov. 24. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time in the Miller & Miller Auction gallery in New Hamburg, midway between Toronto and London, Ontario.
Easily the auction’s headliner in terms of high estimates is a stunning 11-carat platinum diamond ring, size 6½, expected to achieve CA$175,000-$225,000. The ring’s brilliant/scissor-cut diamond boasts SI1 clarity and J color and comes with a GIA grading report. The band is surrounded by 14 straight baguette cut diamonds having a total weight of 1.87 carats.
“There is a rare opportunity here. A dazzling offering of watches and jewelry has been unlocked from prominent estates across the country. Buyers will enjoy the beauty but also the investment potential of the precious metals from which these pieces are crafted,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd., adding, “We are offering 21 stunning, estate fresh Rolex watches. With three-year waiting lists on popular new Rolex models, buyers are quickly discovering value in the booming vintage market.”
A fabulous example is lot 185, an 18K gold Rolex day-date President watch, ref. 1807, made circa 1973 and in the rarer “bark” finish. Included are the original box and papers for a watch that has been meticulously serviced and maintained by Rolex. Both case and bracelet are 18K yellow gold. The estimate for the automatic watch is set at $10,000-$12,500 Canadian/U.S. $7,590-$9,487.
Another star lot of the sale is a fine expression of Cartier’s work: an 18K, diamond and sapphire Arcadie bracelet, containing 14 links, each link pave-set with 140 round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing about 9.08 carats, of good color and quality, and accented by 75 mixed, fancy-cut blue sapphires, mill grained bezel-set on the links, weighing 6.89 carats (est. CA$30,000-$50,000).
Women’s watches will be led by a gorgeous circa 1990 Piaget 18K diamond and sapphire watch, ref. 8480 H69, quartz movement, with an 18K white gold diamond and sapphire bracelet (est. CA$80,000-$100,000); and a circa 1960s Rodania Geometer watch, ref. 5621H, with stainless steel case and bracelet, original box and Valijoux Caliber 72 movement (est. CA$1,500-$2,000).
A graduated, single-strand necklace featuring 31 South Sea cultured pearls and pave-set with 54 brilliant cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.90 carats, of an average VS grade, is expected to fetch CA$12,000-$15,000. Also, a custom-designed, hand-crafted Mia Brattan 18K, diamond, onyx, lapis lazuli eye-shaped brooch, with 100 round brilliant cut diamonds of VVS-VS clarity and G-H color and one 1.03-carat pendeloque cut diamond, should gavel for CA$8,000-$12,000.
Men’s Rolexes will be plentiful. A circa 1972 red Submariner, ref. 1680, with stainless steel case and bracelet and fitted to a modern oyster band, including box, should hit CA$18,000-$20,000; while a blue Submariner, circa 2009, ref. 16113, boasting an 18K yellow gold and stainless steel case and band, virtually unworn with original box and papers, is estimated at CA$8,000-$10,000.
Other noteworthy men’s Rolex watches include a Datejust Turnograph model, ref. 116263, circa 2015, with 18K yellow gold and stainless steel case and dial, showing the date and having a bi-directional rotating bezel (est. CA$6,000-$8,000); and a circa 1989 Datejust, ref. 16233, also having an 18K yellow gold and stainless steel case and band, and date (est. CA$2,000-$3,000).
Fans of vintage Omega men’s watches are in for a pair of treats. One is a genuine World War II-era Weems Royal Air Force pilot’s watch, circa 1940-41, ref. CK2129, with a stainless steel case, canvas watch band and nonfunctioning rotating bezel lock (est. CA$2,500-$3,000). The other is a circa 1954 Constellation watch, ref. 2782/2799 SC, with 18K yellow gold case, leather band, Caliber 354 “Bumper” automatic movement and brassed crown (est. CA$2,000-$2,500).
The auction also features a selection of railroad pocket watches. Examples include a Hamilton 946 watch with gold-filled case and a rare 24-hour Canadian dial (est. CA$1,000-$1,200); and an Illinois “Bunn Special” watch, with a gold-filled case and 24 jewels (est. CA$800-$1,200).
For details contact Miller & Miller Auctions at 519-573-3710 or 519-716-5606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.