GENEVA – Important collectors’ wristwatches, pocket watches, clocks and historic manuscripts will comprise Patrizzi & Co. Auctioneers’ Timeless Emotions auction May 7. More than 300 lots will be sold beginning at 2 p.m. Central European Time (8 a.m. Eastern). LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.
At the top of the list is a fine and rare Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 2497, men’s wristwatch, circa 1953, but in like-new condition. The auctioneers describe the watch as “one of the best examples of Reference 2497 that has appeared on the market in a long time,” adding that Christie’s Geneva sold an identical watch, although not as early, for $466,109 in May 2008. Patrizzi & Co. gives their watch a $203,000-$240,000 estimate.
Audemars Piguet, long famous for producing sophisticated wristwatches in ultrathin profiles, will be represented in the auction by a Jules Audemars tourbillion with minute repeater, a luxury watch made in limited numbers since 2000. It has a $111,000-$138,000 estimate.
Nothing says “cool” like a Rolex, especially if it’s the Explorer II Ref. 1655, which is known as the “Steve McQueen” Rolex. McQueen, the “King of Cool” who starred in such films as Bullitt, Le Mans and The Great Escape, was a fan of Rolex watches. The model that unofficially bears his name was discontinued in 1985. The watch in the auction is circa 1977 and has a $14,000-$18,000 estimate.
The auction will conclude with nine lots of documents, including manuscripts by legendary Paris watchmaker A.L Breguet (1747-1823), written late in his career. Each of the Breguet manuscripts carries a $37,000-$74,000 estimate.
For details contact Patrizzi & Co. Auctioneers at +41-22-3182838.
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