Antiquorum's Second Geneva Autumn Sale - Brilliant Results

Nov 12, 2007
Antiquorum's second Geneva autumn sale of Important Collectors' Watches, Pocket Watches and Clocks took place on November 11, 2007. The sale resulted in 9,121,480 Swiss Francs (8,125,495 US dollars) in turnover.

The catalog that featured 307 lots realized sales of 80 per cent by lot and 124 per cent by value. The two autumn Geneva sales' auction turnover made up 20,000,000 Swiss Francs (17,755,682 US dollars).

The Antiquorum November sale was organized in a ballroom at the Grand Hotel Kempinski.

The avid collectors had to compete with 300 registered on-line and telephone bidders. A lot of participants came from North America, Asia, UK, Germany, Russia, and Italy. The Antiquorum on-line bidders acquired 15 per cent of the lots.

What timepieces became the highlights of the sale? As any watch lover would expect these were the creations of the leading horological players - Patek Philippe, Rolex, A. Lange and Sohne and Cartier.

1. Lot 307 - Patek Philippe, Geneve "Watch with 9 Complications, First Class Observatory Rating," Ref. 969. The pocket chronometer, one of only two examples, was acquired for 402,500 Swiss Francs to an American collector.

2. Lot 77 - "Nobel Brother Petroleum Company Presentation Grande and Petite Sonnerie Clockwatch" was sold for 233,000 Swiss Francs.

3. Lot 251 - Patek Philippe "Omani Jumbo Nautilus." The timepiece crafted in white gold was sold for an excellent price of 152,500 Swiss Francs and lot 69 a Pink Gold Ref. 2526 Patek Philippe reached the remarkable price of 175,500 Swiss Francs.

4. Lot 219 - Rolex "Ref. 6234 Stainless Steel Pre-Daytona, Brown Color-Change Dial" was sold for 256,000 Swiss Francs. Lot 259, a Rolex "Double-Red Sea-Dweller Submariner" produced in 1967, was sold for more than 10 times its estimate at 135, 250. Lot 116 Rolex "Black Dial Pre-Daytona" Ref. 6238 propduced in 1965.

5. Lot 92 - A. Lange and Sohne "Pour le Merite" crafted in platinum was acquired for 335,300 Swiss Francs by an Italian collector.

6. Lot 271- Cartier Minute-Repeating Wristwatch C"Bracelet Montre Tortue Or", No. 20797. The fine and extremely rare tonneau-shaped timepiece crafted in 18K yellow gold entered into the Registers in August, 1928. It was sold for 368,900 Swiss francs.

Omega watches were also on the list of the most sought-after lots.

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