The world's leading watch auctioneer, Antiquorum, is gearing up for a very special auction of "Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces" on Sunday, May 13th in Geneva. The highlight of the sale is arguably a unique Patek Philippe (Ref. 953) perpetual calendar tourbillon pocket watch, one of the world's most accurate mechanical precision watches from the 20th Century and winner of multiple awards for timekeeping precision. This historic timepiece has a yellow gold, keyless, ultra high-precision lever chronometer deck watch with one-minute tourbillon, special balance bridge, perpetual calendar, 24-hour indication, and moon phases.
Other highlights from the event include:
- several rare Patek Philippe watches, including a 1953 Worldtime (Ref. 2523) with a gold guilloche in the middle. The watch is estimated to sell for between $550,000-$750,000 (US).
- a Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5512) owned by the former owned by Isser Harel, one of the most powerful men in Israel in the 1950’s and 60’s, that dates from his time as Director of the Mossad.
- a special collection of Audemars Piguet Royal Oaks in honor of the iconic model’s 40th anniversary. As Audemars Piguet has collaborated with Antiquorum on this sale, each timepiece in this section has been sent to the manufacture in Le Brassus to be checked for authenticity and will be delivered with an Audemars Piguet certificate of origin.
- More than 50 Audemars Piguet watches in total will auctioned off at the event, including the Audemars Piguet Grand Complication Piece Unique No. 1/1 produced as a unique piece in 1994 (pictured above). This extraordinary 18K white gold and diamond timepiece features a large minute-repeater, co-axial round button split-seconds chronograph, and a perpetual calendar with indication of the weeks and moon phases. The pre-auction estimate for this watch is $650,000-$1,100,000 (US)