Phillips, Geneva, May 14 2016
Sold for: CHF32,500
The “Start-Stop-Reset” sale of 88 “epic” stainless steel chronograph wristwatches staged by Phillips during Geneva’s flagship May 2016 auctions proved a resounding success, realising a double-estimate of CHF13.3 million and achieving the so-called “white glove” status of every lot finding a buyer.
The top-lot list was dominated by Rolex, with four models from the brand making the four highest prices. A reference 4113 split-seconds chronograph fetched CHF2.4 million to establish a new Rolex record, while a further record was established for a Cosmograph Daytona when a Paul Newman model with a faded “tropical” dial sold for CHF1.9 million.
One of the less obvious, yet more intriguing, pieces was this anti-magnetic chronograph that combines a 1940s case and movement with a dial printed with a 1980s-style logo. No explanation was offered as to how this came about, but the double-estimate selling price indicates that collectors were happy with the combination and the watch’s rose-coloured dial, military “telemetric” scale and 35mm case.
In summary: One of the most interesting and attractive wristwatches to have sported the Tiffany & Co. logo – it deserves to be recreated in a slightly larger case size and offered in the modern-day line-up. Such a watch would sell well, surely?