There are rare watches, and then there are watches that have never been seen at auction before. Christie's upcoming Rare Watches auction this November is set to feature both.
Collectors willnot want to miss this selection of Nautilus and Royal Oak wristwatches as well as Patek Philippe and Rolex timepieces modeling designs of all sorts including modern, vintage and sport. Shining above them all is the Patek Philippe Reference 2523, this exact watch being the first of the two-crown worldtime model ever made.
"With this stunning first example of the Patek Philippe Ref. 2523," Head of Watches Rémi Guillemin says, "we undoubtedly offer one of the most significant, rare and important pieces beside another highlight—a Rolex Deepsea—which we already announced.”
The Ref. 2523 is crafted in 18k gold, typifying Patek Philippe's 1950s-era golden period. The guilloché gold center, which is unique to this watch, is outlined by a silver revolving ring with the names of 41 world cities adjusted by the crown at nine. Only a total of 26 examples of the piece were made, either in yellow or pink gold as well as one in white gold.
Patek Philippe remains a high-fashion brand with its world-class wristwatches fetching record-breaking price tags at international auction. This watch is expected to sell for anywhere between CHF 1,000,000 and CHF 3,000,000 ($1,088,722 and $3,266,166).
Even still, that Rolex Deap Sea Special No. 1 is expected to sell for even more, estimated at an astounding CHF 2,000,000 to CHF 4,000,000 ($2,177,200 to $4,354,400). Nearly 30 Patek Philippe wrist and pocketwatches are on the bidding block, as well as more Rolexes, rare Breguets, Audemars Piguets, F.P. Journes and much more.
Christie's Geneva's Rare Watches auction is set to take place Monday, Nov. 8, at 2:30 p.m. CET. It will be hosted at the Four Season Hotel des Bergues in Geneva. See images of the rare timepieces available, estimated values and more details via Christies.com.