Antiquorum's Final Sale of the Season

Nov 26, 2009
More than 400 luxury timepieces will be put up for Antiquorum’s final sale of the season, which is scheduled for December 9th. Held in New York, this event will close the Antiquorum’s 35th anniversary year.

The wide spectrum of watches to be commercialized embraces the ultra rare Patek Philippe Ref. 3974 watch. This amazing timepiece is joined by exceptional diving models, which used to belong to the record holding divers - Patrice Chemin and Robert Gauret. Prior to the sale, customers can enjoy these extremely attractive timekeepers in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, Miami and New York City.

It is the remarkable Patek Philippe Ref. 3974 watch that happens to be in the prime focus of this prestigious sale. Issued in 1999, this watch features the functions of minute-repeater, perpetual calendar and moon phases. Only three models of this very edition, rendered in platinum, have been auctioned off before. This exceptional watch is proposed with two extra dials.

Another model from Patek Philippe, which will irresistibly attract the brand’s enthusiasts, is Ref. 3450 watch, which features a see-through case-back.

Released in 1983, it represents a luxury and ultra rare timekeeper, sculptured in 18K yellow gold. This model offers the functions of perpetual calendar, moon phases, as well as a leap year indicator. The Ref. 3450 was available with a see-through case only at the client’s special request. It is only the fourth time when such a watch has been put up for an auction.

The Rolex and diving watch aficionados will definitely express their keen interest in the assemblage of diving timepieces of a universally-famous diver - Patrice Chemin. In the early 1970’s Mr. Chemin was chosen to take part in the range of hyperbaric experimental dives with Physalie V, a world record dive at 530 m, and Physalie VI at 610m among them. His renowned collection embraces a Rolex “Comex” Ref. 5514, a Rolex “Double Red” Sea-Dweller and a Rolex “Comex” Ref. 168000.

The first Rolex special model, which has been brought to the forefront of the December sale, is the exclusive Rolex “Comex” Ref. 5514 watch, which used to belong to Patrice Chemin.

Sculptured in stainless steel, this rare watch, intended for pro-divers, is equipped with the first generation helium escapement valve and an oversized dial. This model is proposed together with Mr. Chemin’s diving helmet.

The undeniable eye-catcher of the event is the Rolex “Double Red” SeaDweller, Ref. 1665 watch. The brand bestowed this model on Patrice Chemin to mark his world record dive at 610 m.

Manufactured in 1975, this timepiece, meant for divers, is crafted from stainless steel. It is marked with the double red Sea-Dweller logo and equipped with the helium escapement valve and the date indicator. The model comes with the Rolex advertisement and picture.

Moreover, Mr. Chemin’s co-diver for the Physalie VI, Robert Gauret was also presented a “Double Red” SeaDweller watch, which will also appear at the auction.

Another highlight of the Antiquorum sale, provided by Rolex, is “Comex” Ref. 168000 watch, formerly owned by Mr. Chemin.

The Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 watch, third series, will represent a true delight for the brand’s collectors. Launched in 1970, this exclusive watch is rendered in 18K yellow gold. It incorporates a range of functions, such as a round button chronograph, 30-minute register, perpetual calendar and moon phases.

Furthermore, the auction will welcome the “Jules Audemars – Grande Complication Automatic", Ref. 25806 PT watch.

Manufactured in 2006, this ultra rare automatic watch comes with a platinum case and offers the functions of the co-axial round button split-seconds chronograph, register, and perpetual calendar with indication of the weeks and moon phases.

The Jules Audemars Tourbillon Repetition Minutes Chronographe watch, Ref. 26050PT will be also put up for sale.

Produced in 2008, this exceptional massive platinum timekeeper features minute-repeater, one-minute tourbillon regulator, round-button chronograph and register.

The Rolex Ref. 6234 Pre-Daytona watch, which case frames a black dial, will be also auctioned off in December. Released in the 1950s, this rare model is done in stainless steel and equipped with a round button chronograph and registers.

The Rolex collectors will undoubtedly enjoy the Rolex Milgauss Ref. 6541 watch, which exposes a “color change” dial. Launched in 1958, this exclusive watch comes with an antimagnetic stainless steel case, embracing a honeycomb dial. The latter demonstrates the lightning bolt central seconds hand and a black bezel.

The stainless steel Vacheron Tourbillon Malte watch will definitely seduce Vacheron Constantin fans. In 2006, this extraordinary timepiece was issued as a limited series of 10 items in order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the famous Geneva boutique. This tonneau-shaped, water-resistant watch features the functions of a visible one-minute tourbillon regulator, 42-hour power reserve indicator and the date.

The IWC aficionados will be captivated by the platinum IWC Grande Complication no. 019/50 watch to be commercialized in the course of the upcoming sale. It was released as a limited series of 50 units in 1994. The structure of this rare, minute-repeating, automatic platinum watch is presented by a square button chronograph, registers, secular perpetual calendar and moon phases.

The Rolex Ref. 6102, Bombay watch with a blue enamel dial will be also auctioned during the Antiquorum sale. It is the first time when this edition will appear at the auction. Produced in 1952, this chronometer wristwatch is available with an 18K yellow gold case.

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