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Welcome to QP Vintage

News and features from the world of vintage watches

Welcome to QP’s new home for all things vintage. We’ll be bringing you updates from the auction rooms, collector-focussed long reads, in-depth reference guides, hands-on stories with key pieces and historical discoveries. You can also browse the QP Auction Archives, a trove of reports on significant sales from the last five years that shows the true breadth and depth of vintage watch collecting. 


November Auction Report: Highlights from the Geneva sales

From the record-setting Patek Phillipe 2499 sold at Sotheby's to a musical Girard-Perregaux and a colourful Rolex Daytona, we look at the key sales from November's Geneva watch auctions ...

My Most Treasured Watch: Jonathan Levine’s Patek Philippe 1431

Serial entrepreneur Jonathan Levine founded high-end headphone brand Master & Dynamic in New York in 2013. Here he tells QP about the one watch that means more to him than ...

New term report: the watch auction market in 2018 so far

As we head into the crowded autumn auction season, we take a look at the major vintage watch trends of 2018, and consider what lies ahead ...
Vacheron Constantin Les Collectionneurs

Vacheron Constantin unveils roving vintage collection

With the launch of a highly selective collection of well-sourced vintage watches, Vacheron Constantin joins Audemars Piguet and F.P. Journe in a growing wave of haute horlogerie brands bringing the ...
Cartier Tank 100

100 not out: The full history of the Cartier Tank

As the Cartier Tank passes its first centenary, we take a look back at the dynamic - and surprising - history of one of the world's most recognisable watches ...
George Daniels Space Traveller

Four George Daniels masterpieces go up for auction

Four masterpieces by genius watchmaker George Daniels are expected to promote fierce bidding at Sotheby’s auction in London this September ...

Watch the QP Vintage Panel

Experts from the auction rooms and collector circles discuss the latest trends in vintage watches


Browse the QP Auction Archives

Over 150 notable vintage watch sales from the last five years, profiled by Simon de Burton. From multi-million pound icons to quirky oddities and cult favourites, it’s all here. Scroll down for the full list – reports are displayed at random for that “discovering a hidden gem” feel…

A Lange 1 Luna Mundi close up
A. Lange & Sohne Lange One ‘Luna Mundi’ Set
Sotheby’s, London, September 19 2017 Sold for £62,500 ...
Longines Japanese Military 
Longines Japanese Military “Weems” watch close up
Longines Japanese Military 
“Weems” Watch
Christie’s, New York, December 16 2015 Sold for: ...
Audemars Piguet Millenary Maserati MC12
Audemars Piguet Millenary Maserati MC12
Audemars Piguet Millenary Maserati MC12
Audemars Piguet Millenary Maserati MC12
Sotheby’s, Hong Kong, 7 April 2015 Sold for ...
Sir Winston Churchill's Victory Watch
Sir Winston Churchill’s Agassiz and Co. Victory Watch
Sotheby’s, London, 22 September 2015 Sold for £485,000 ...
Nivada Chronomaster Aviator close up
Nivada Chronomaster Aviator
Watches of Knightsbridge, London, June 24 2017 Sold ...
Panerai Depth Gauge Mike Horn (2008) close up
Panerai Depth Gauge Mike Horn
Antiquorum, Hong Kong, 28 June 2014 Sold for ...
HYT H1-TD Green Eye
HYT H1-TD 
Green Eye
Sotheby’s Hong Kong, October 2 2017 Sold for ...
Omega Railmaster close up
Omega Railmaster
Watches of Knightsbridge, London, 20 June 2015 Sold ...
Richard Mille RM012 close up
Richard Mille RM012 in platinum
Sotheby’s, Hong Kong, 8 April 2014 Sold for ...
Marvin Motorist
Marvin Motorist
Auktionen Dr. Crott, Mannheim, May 14 2016 Sold ...
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Carbon Concept close up
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 
Carbon Concept
Sotheby’s, Hong Kong, 7 April 2015 Sold for ...
Hanhart close up
Hanhart Single Button Chronograph
Bonhams, February 23 2016 Sold for: £2,375 ...
Movado Andy Warhol Times 5 close up
Movado Andy Warhol Times/5
Antiquorum, 
Hong Kong, 27-28 June 2015 Sold for ...
IWC Aquatimer close up
IWC Aquatimer
Fellows, Birmingham, 20 April 2015 Sold for £2,160 ...
Paul Newman race suit close up
Paul Newman Race Suit
Antiquorum, New York, 9 April 2014 Sold for ...
Rolex reference 2021 close up
Rolex Reference 2021
Dreweatts, Newbury Sold for: £12,000 ...
Longines ‘Istituto Idrografico’ Chronograph close up
Longines ‘Istituto Idrografico’ Chronograph, 1936
Dr Crott, May 6 2017 Sold for €11,800 ...
Universal “Nina Rindt” Compax 1
Universal “Nina Rindt” Compax
Christie’s, New York, December 16 2015 Sold for: ...
The John Harrison Portrait Watch by James Barton
The John Harrison Portrait Watch by James Barton
Sotheby’s, London, 15 December 2016 Unsold ...
Heuer Monaco, 1970 close up
Heuer Monaco, 1970
Bonhams, Goodwood Revival, 12 September 2015 Sold for ...
Patek Philippe Ref. 5001T
Patek Philippe Ref. 5001T
Sotheby’s 
New York, 10 June 2014 Sold for ...
Omega Seamaster 300 Military
Omega Seamaster 300 Military
Bonhams, London, June 21 2017 Sold for £31,250 ...
Pulsar Digital Time Computer 1
Pulsar Digital Time Computer
Antiquorum, New York, December 15 2015 Sold for: ...
George Daniels Millennium
George Daniels ‘Millennium’
Sotheby’s London, April 26 2017 Sold for £187,500 ...
George Daniels Tourbillon for Edward Hornby
George Daniels Tourbillon for Edward Hornby
Sotheby’s London, July 6 2017 Sold for £464,750 ...
Rolex Daytona Leopard
Rolex Daytona Leopard
Antiquorum Swiss, Monaco, 17 January 2018 Sold for ...
Heuer Skipper close up
Heuer Skipper
Bonhams, London, June 21 2017 Sold for £7,500 ...
Vacheron Constantin American 1921
Vacheron Constantin American 1921
Fellows, Birmingham, January 31 2017 Sold for £34,720 ...
Urwerk UR-103 1
Urwerk UR-103
Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 6 October 2016 Sold for ...
Alain Silberstein iKrono Smileday close up
Alain Silberstein iKrono Smileday
Fellows, Birmingham, 21 July 2014 Sold for £3,840 ...
Patek Philippe Navigator's Trio
Patek Philippe Navigator’s Trio
Christie’s New York, 7 December Sold for $250,000 ...
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “The Unicorn”
Phillips, Geneva, May 12 Sold for CHF 5,937,500 ...
Cyma Watersport chronograph 2
Cyma Watersport Chronograph
Watches of Knightsbridge, January 28 2017 Sold for ...
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Paul Newman” close up
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 
“Paul Newman”
Sotheby’s , London, 22 September 2015 Sold for ...
Favre Leuba Space Sky GMT close up
Favre Leuba 
Sea Sky GMT
Watches of Knightsbridge, 
London, September 16 2017 Sold ...
Patek Philippe Reference 565J close up
Patek Philippe Reference 565J
Christie’s, New York, 9 December 2014 Sold for ...
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore ‘Montauk’ (2009) close up
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore ‘Montauk’
Fellows, Birmingham, 21 July 2014 Sold for £12,000 ...
Omega Seamaster special edition close up
Omega Seamaster Special Edition
Antiquorum, New York, 9 April 2014 Sold for ...
Wakmann chronograph 2
Wakmann Chronograph
Watches of Knightsbridge, March 19 2016 Sold for: ...
Cartier Tank Chronograph Monopoussoir close up
Cartier Tank Chronograph Monopoussoir
Phillips, Geneva, 10 May 2015 Sold for CHF ...
FP Journe Resonance close up
F.P Journe Resonance
Antiquorum Swiss, 
January 17 2018 Sold for: €74,704 ...
Corum Bubble Lucifer close up
Corum Bubble Lucifer
Fellows, Birmingham, 28 July 2015 Sold for £4,200 ...
Tiffany & Co Chronograph
Tiffany & Co. Chronograph
Phillips, Geneva, May 14 2016 Sold for: CHF32,500 ...
Heuer Carrera, 1970 close up
Heuer Carrera, 1970
Bonhams Goodwood Revival, 12 September 2015 Sold for ...
Charles Frodsham Minute Repeating Chronograph 2
Charles Frodsham Minute Repeating Chronograph
Sotheby’s London, 15 December 2016 Sold for £296,750 ...
Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle close up
Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle
Bonhams, London, 10 December 2014 Sold for £9,500 ...
Rolex Reference 8171 close up
Rolex Reference 8171
Sotheby’s, New York, 
10 December 2014 Sold for ...
Vacheron Constantin Skeleton Perpetual Calendar 2
Vacheron Constantin Skeleton Perpetual Calendar
Antiquorum, 
Hong Kong, 
7 February 2015 Sold for ...
George Graham centre seconds 
George Graham centre seconds cylinder watch
George Graham Centre Seconds 
Cylinder Watch
Sotheby’s, London, July 6 2017 Sold for £13,759 ...
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms close up
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms
Watches of Knightsbridge, January 28 2017 Sold for: ...
John Arnold Pocket Chronometer
Sotheby’s, London, July 7 2016 Sold for: £557,000 ...
Omega Speedmaster Racing close up
Omega Speedmaster Racing
Fellows, Birmingham, 20 April 2015 Sold for £1,008 ...
Gérald Genta Gefica close up
Gérald Genta Gefica
Sotheby’s, Hong Kong, 8 April 2014 Sold for ...
Rolex reference 6238 ‘Pre-Daytona’ close up
Rolex Reference 6238 ‘Pre-Daytona’
Sotheby’s, London, March 8 2016 Sold for: £20,625 ...
Omega Flightmaster close up
Omega Flightmaster
Fellows, Birmingham, 
April 25 2017 Sold for £1,700 ...
Patek Philippe Reference 658 pocket watch close up
Patek Philippe Reference 
658 pocket watch
Sotheby’s, New York, 
10 December 2014 Sold for ...
Breguet Flyback Diver Chronograph
Breguet Flyback Diver Chronograph
Phillips, Geneva, May 13 Sold for CHF 62,500 ...
Patek Philippe 
Reference 1436
Patek Philippe 
Reference 1436
Phillips, Geneva, November 7 2015 Sold for: CHF ...
Rolex Sea-Dweller close up
Rolex Sea-Dweller 
Antiquorum, New York, 30 September 2014 Sold for ...
Vacheron Constantin Apollo close up
Vacheron Constantin “Apollo 14”
Christie’s, New York, December 6 2016 Sold for ...
Breitling “Mille Miglia” Chronograph 2
Breitling “Mille Miglia” Chronograph
Antiquorum, New York, December 15 2015 Sold for: ...
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Grand and Petite Sonnerie 2
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Grand and Petite Sonnerie
Bonhams, London, 16 December 2016 Unsold ...
Patek Philippe ‘Pearl of Bahrain’
Christie’s, Geneva, May 14 Sold for CHF 250,000 ...
Patek Philippe Ref 2523 World Time 2
Patek Philippe Ref. 2523 World Time
Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 6 October 2016 Sold for ...
Glashutte Original Senator Tourbillon Alfred Helwig 2
Glashutte Original Senator Tourbillon Alfred Helwig
Bonhams, London, 16 December 2016 Sold for ...
Enicar Sherpa Graph closeup
Enicar Sherpa Graph
Fellows, Birmingham, 
19th January 2015 Sold for £1,560 ...
Patek Philippe Reference 3448
Patek Philippe Reference 3448
Sotheby’s, New York, December 10 2015 Sold for: ...
Patek Philippe Ref 130 close up
Patek Philippe Ref 130
Phillips, Geneva, 10 May 2015 Sold for CHF ...
Universal Geneve “Polerouter” close up
Universal Geneve “Polerouter”
Fellows, Birmingham, 
19th January 2015 Sold for £600 ...
Heuer Triple Calendar Chronograph close up
Heuer Triple Calendar Chronograph
Watches of Knightsbridge, London, 15 March 2014 Sold ...
Omega Speedmaster “Racing Dial” close up
Omega Speedmaster 
“Racing Dial”
Bonhams, New York, December 8 2015 Sold for: ...
Heuer Orvis Solunagraph close up
Heuer Orvis Solunagraph
Watches of Knightsbridge, London, 20 June 2015 Sold ...
Rolex “MilSub” Submariner 1
Rolex “MilSub” Submariner
Bonhams, London, December 16 2015 Sold for: £120,100 ...
Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon (2007) close up
Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon
Antiquorum, Hong Kong, 28 June 2014 Sold for ...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Roland Garros
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso “Roland Garros”
Christie’s, Geneva, May 14 Sold for CHF 52,500 ...
George Daniels Millennium (1999)
George Daniels Millennium (1999)
George Daniels Millennium (1999)
Bonhams, London, 11 June 2014 Sold for £146,500 ...
Rolex Reference 6062 close up
Rolex Reference 6062
Phillips Hong Kong, November 28 2016 Sold for ...
Panerai Radiomir ‘Lo Scienziato’ close up
Panerai Radiomir ‘Lo Scienziato’
Sotheby’s, Hong Kong, 7 April 2015 Sold for ...
Omega Petrograd (1926)
Omega Petrograd
Artcurial, Monaco, 22 July 2014 Sold for €10,400 ...
Rolex Oyster Monometer close up
Rolex Oyster Monometer
Fellows, Birmingham, January 31 2017 Sold for £27,000 ...
Rolex GMT-Master 6542 close up
Rolex GMT-Master 6542
Christie’s, New York, 9 December 2014 Sold for ...
Omega Speedmaster Golden Panda close up
Omega Speedmaster ‘Golden Panda’
Christie’s New York, December 6 2016 Sold for ...
Omega Speedmaster 125
Omega Speedmaster “125th Anniversary”
Antiquorum, Geneva, May 13 Sold for CHF 3,375 ...
Lemania chronograph
Lemania Chronograph
 Owned By Winston Churchill
Sotheby’s London, April 26 2017 Sold for £162,500 ...
Audemars Piguet steel chronograph close up
Audemars Piguet Steel Chronograph
Christie’s New York, December 16 2015 Sold for: ...
Audemars Piguet Tourbillon (1988) close up
Audemars Piguet Tourbillon
Bonhams, London, 11 June 2014 Sold for £11,250 ...
Rolex 2508 (1943) close up
Rolex 2508
Artcurial, Monaco, 22 July 2014 Sold for €22,750 ...
Blancpain 50 Fathoms
Blancpain 50 Fathoms
Antiquorum, 
Hong Kong, 27-28 June 2015 Sold for ...
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Dr Crott, May 6 2017 Sold for €868,000 ...
MB&F HM4 Thunderbolt close up
MB&F HM4 Thunderbolt
Sotheby’s, Hong Kong, 7 April 2015 Sold for ...
Breguet Type XX
Breguet Type XX
Bonhams, Paris, 8 
February 2018 Sold for €24,375 ...
Peter Roberts Grand Complication 5 close up
Peter Roberts Grand Complication 5
Bonhams, London, 10 December 2014 Sold for £6,875 ...
Omega Speedmaster Alaska Project II
Omega Speedmaster Professional “Alaska II” Project Watch
Phillips Geneva, November 12 2016 Sold for CHF156,250 ...
Rolex GMT-Master
Rolex GMT-Master
Antiquorum, Geneva, May 13 Sold for CHF 329,000 ...
Patek Philippe 5975
Patek Philippe ref. 5975 and ref. 5575
Antiquorum, New York, December 15 2015 Patek Philippe ...
Yema Rallye close up
Yema Rallye
Watches of Knightsbridge, London, June 24 2017 Sold ...
Favre-Leuba Bathy 50 close up
Favre-Leuba Bathy 50
Watches of Knightsbridge, London, 21 March 2015 Sold ...
Breitling AOPA Navitimer Cosmonaute close up
Breitling AOPA Navitimer Cosmonaute
Watches of Knightsbridge, London, 21 March 2015 Sold ...
George Daniels Space Travellers close up
George Daniels ‘Space Travellers’ Watch
Sotheby’s London, September 19 2017 Sold for £3.2 ...
Urwerk Ref UR202 close up
Urwerk Ref UR202
Antiquorum, 
Hong Kong, 
7 February 2015 Sold for ...
Corum 'Buckingham'
Corum ‘Buckingham’
Antiquorum, New York, April 20 2016 Sold for: ...
Patek Philippe single-button, split-seconds chronograph close up
Patek Philippe single-button, split-seconds chronograph
Sotheby’s, New York, 10 June 2014 Sold for ...
Universal Tri-Compax
Universal Tri-Compax
Bonhams, Paris, 8 February 2018 Sold for €12,500 ...
Omega Ranchero close up
Omega Ranchero
Fellows, Birmingham, 
April 25 2017 Sold for £4,300 ...
Omega Speedmaster 
Broad Arrow
Christie’s, New York, 7 December 2017 Sold for ...
Panerai Rolex reference 6152 1 2
Panerai/Rolex reference 6152/1
Sotheby’s, London, March 8 2016 Sold for: £112,500 ...
Patek Philippe 2499 close up
Patek Philippe Reference 2499
Phillips, Hong Kong, May 31 2016 Sold for: ...
Vacheron Constantin ‘Les Masques’ 1
Vacheron Constantin ‘Les Masques’
Antiquorum, New York, 30 September 2014 Sold for ...
Jaquet Droz Spirotechnique close up
Jaquet Droz Spirotechnique
Watches of Knightsbridge, London, September 16 2017 Sold ...
Richard Mille Collection RM56 564 (Small)
Richard Mille RM56-02
Sotheby’s Hong Kong, October 2 2017 Sold for ...
Patek Philippe Reference 1518 close up
Patek Philippe Reference 1518
Phillips, Geneva, November 12 2016 Sold for CHF11,002,000 ...

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