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May 8, 2019updated May 14, 2020

Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: Nine Highlights

By Emma

On May 11 and 12, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo will host The Geneva Watch Auction: Nine.

In the selection of watches presented at the auction, Patek Philippe and Rolex are predominant (and have been so in their other auctions; the two brands both do extremely well). Other highlights within the auction include Vacheron Constantin, Hermès, FP Journe, MB&F, George Daniels, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet and plenty of other major and independent watch brands. There are 220 lots this auction.

Here are some of the most anticipated watches that will be auctioned off at Phillips in Geneva on May 11 and 12.

Lot 23

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref 16528

Estimate: $101,000-201,000

From 1939, this Cosmograph Daytona from 1989 is made of 18K yellow gold and measures 39mm in diameter. It’s offered by Brazilian racecar driver Ayrton Senna and comes with an autographed helmet faceguard, as well as a letter from Angelo Parilla, who gifted him the watch.

Lot 50

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, Ref 6241

Estimate: $353,000-705,000

Circa 1969, this Daytona is from Paul Newman with a “John Player Special’ dial. The chronograph, encased in 14K gold, and is one of the most unique Rolex’s out there – there are only a handful of John Player Special (JPS) iterations out there.

Lot 126

Patek Philippe Ref 5208P

Estimate: $554,000-957,000

This 2015 Patek Philippe has a minute repeater, instantaneous perpetual calendar and a single-button chronograph. In fact, it’s referred to as a Grand Complication, one of the most prestigious considerations in the watchmaking world. Made of platinum, it’s a sight for sore eyes, too. It’s exact, elegant and a technological feat.

Lot 68

Rolex Padellone Ref 8171

Estimate: $403,000-806,000

One of the more aesthetically unique Rolex’s in the lot, the Padellone is a triple calendar with moonphases and a special two-tone dial. It comes with all its original packaging from 1950.

Lot 201

Patek Philippe Ref 4321-2, owned by Catherine Deneuve

Estimate: $20,100-40,300

This elegant bracelet watch comes from Catherine Deneuve’s collection and is outfitted with yellow gold, onyx, diamonds and chrysoprase. The watch is from 1975 and is 35.5mm in width. The bracelet is signed and the piece is accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the archives.

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Lot 202

Cartier Crash

Estimate: $60,400-121,000

One of the rarest and iconic Cartier watches in the world, the backstory to the Crash remains unknown. This specific watch is extremely coveted: It says London on the front and the back has ‘JC’ (Jacques Cartier) initials. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own one of the brand’s most distinctive watches.


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