NEW HAMBURG, Canada – Miller & Miller Auctions’ bi-annual Watches & Jewels sale returns on Saturday, November 20, starting at 9 am Eastern time, with a strong 215-lot offering of luxury watches and fine jewelry, featuring vintage and collectible wristwatches from names such as Rolex, Tudor, Omega, Patek Philippe, Corum and Panerai. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars.
An expected top lot is the Cartier Pasha minute repeater watch (Ref. W30012), featuring the calibre 179 18K gold movement with 26 jewels designed by Gerald Genta. The minute repeater, perpetual calendar with day-date-month, moon phase and leap year indicator all work in harmony in a watch that’s expected to sell for $75,000-$85,000.
Right behind the Pasha is another Cartier beauty: a Diabolo Tourbillon wristwatch, which was produced in limited numbers through the mid-to-late-1990s and has only been going up in value as watch collectors scramble to add unique pieces to their collections. This example was serviced and refinished by Cartier in Switzerland in December 2018. It carries an estimate of $40,000-$50,000.
Two Rolexes certain to attract attention are a circa-1972 GMT-Master watch (Ref. 1675), the only GMT model produced by Rolex from 1959-1980, with the iconic red and blue so-called “Pepsi” bezel insert and an excellent matching patina on tritium lume; and a circa-1978 Explorer II, also known as a “Steve McQueen” watch (Ref. 1655); its Italian nickname being “Freccioni” (for “big arrow”, which accurately describes the large hand). Both of these Rolexes carry estimates of $25,000-$30,000.
In addition, a Rolex Ref. 18038 Day-Date President Florentine watch with 18K gold case and band and featuring Quickset date, Florentine textured lugs and outer links and a Champagne dial should reach $14,000-$16,000.
A circa-2018 Vacheron Constantin 18K diamond Egerie lady’s watch (Ref. 25541) is expected to slip onto a new wrist for $25,000-$30,000. The dial of the watch has a wonderful sun ray pattern that mimics ripples of water that spread out to the sides of the 18K white gold case, where the ripples transform into a cascading waterfall of diamonds. The watch comes with its own Vacheron Constantin box.
Three dazzling diamond rings, all with $35,000-$40,000 estimates, will be offered.
First among them is a platinum 15.45 carat diamond cocktail ring with a claw-set marquise-shaped cut diamond, fancy yellowish brown, weighing 4.32 carats, VS-1 clarity, plus 32 claw-set round brilliant cut diamonds having an approximate total weight of 5.93 carats.
A second standout is a platinum hand-assembled custom-made carat diamond solitaire engagement ring with a high-polish finish, with one claw-set 4.28 carat round brilliant cut diamond, SI-2 clarity, K color, plus four bead set single cut diamonds totaling 0.05 carats.
Rounding out the ring highlights is an 18K white gold lady’s hand-assembled custom-made diamond engagement ring with a high-polish finish, having a claw-set round brilliant cut 4.91 carat diamond, VS-2 clarity, L color, and 10 claw-set round brilliant cut diamonds, 0.56 carats.
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