Rare Patek Philippe model leads Christie’s watch sale Aug. 5

Patek Philippe, platinum, ref 3445P with diamond dial, circa 1964. Christie’s image

NEW YORK – Christie’s global July Watches sales conclude with New York’s Watches Online: The Collector’s Edition (closing Aug. 5), presenting a fine selection of over 180 lots comprising of vintage and modern timepieces, pocket watches and clocks. With timepieces to suit both the emerging collector as well as the aficionado, this sale offers exceptional watches from multiple brands with varying design, style and complication. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

Leading the online sale is a rare Patek Philippe platinum reference 3445 with diamond hour markers, circa 1964 ($60,000-$80,000), undoubtedly one of the rarest and most desirable of its kind. One of the exceedingly small series of only 12 known examples of reference 3445 in platinum, it is further highlighted by eight round and three baguette diamonds as hour markers, fully confirmed by the extract from the archives. Known by collectors as the “monodate,” Patek Philippe’s standard reference 3445 is considered as one of the most timeless designs ever created for any wristwatch.

Rolex, steel Daytona ‘Big Red’, ref. 6263, circa 1974. Christie’s image

Additionally, on offer is a very attractive example of a Rolex “Big Red” Daytona reference 6263, the name derived from the bright red “Daytona” designation, a most popular model in today’s market. The reference 6263 was first introduced in the early 1970s and was available in stainless steel, 14K and 18K gold. The present model was fitted with the ” Oyster,” or “screw-down,” chronograph buttons and a bezel with black plastic insert, the tachymeter scale printed in white.

Richard Mille, titanium, ref. RM010 AG Ti /787, with skeletonized dial, circa 2007. Christie’s image

Other highlights include Richard Mille, Titanium, Ref. Rm010 Ag Ti /787 ($55,000-$75,000); F.P. Journe, Platinum, Octa-Auto ($30,000-$50,000); Patek Philippe, Luminous Dial, Ref. . 2508J, circa 1952 ($30,000-$50,000); and Audemars Piguet, platinum minute repeating star wheel wristwatch ($20,000-$30,000).

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