Auction Watch: July 18th Deals To Be Had At The Fellows Auction

Auction Watch: July 18th Deals To Be Had At The Fellows Auction

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The following timepiece auction analysis post is by Chris Meisenzahl. He is a long-time watch enthusiast and daily Speedmaster Pro wearer. He blogs at The Pretense of Knowledge and can be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/speedmaster.

Fellows is a UK auction house, established in 1876. For this auction the estimate range is a fairly reasonable £200 – £50,000. Clearly not pocket change, but there are dozens of pieces in there for a person looking for a deal, or just filling out a themed collection.

I see that the most expensive (that is, expected to bring the most money) item in the auction is a Rolex with a range of $61,600.00 – $77,000.00. It’s lot #486, a “platinum automatic Oyster Perpetual Day-Date bracelet watch circa 2006.” But here’s the problem, the thing is covered with about 4.0ct’s worth of diamonds (see pic)! I’m sure all aBlogtoRead readers realize this isn’t a watch so much as a piece of jewelry. So we’ll move on.  ;-)

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If you’re a new collector or just looking for a bargain there are a ton of options for you in this auction. There must be a few dozen items expected to go for under $500, many of them way under. As this doesn’t happen often, let’s look at a handful of the deals, instead of the over-the-top pieces we usually lust after.

Do you reminisce about the days when you wandered the mall and gazed into the mall jewelry stores, hoping to one day own a Tag? Then you might want to go retro and grab this quartz Tag Heuer Formula 1 (lot #579). It’s expected to go for 120.00-190.00, and all kidding aside, it’s a nice watch (see pic) for not much money.

[You can grab the wife/girlfriend/paramour an Omega Connie for 80.00-120.00, or even a quartz lady’s Seamaster for 310.00-460.00!]

Looking for something classy, a dress watch to round out your collection of Tag Formula 1s and Chase-Durer watches? How about a real men’s Omega Constellation for under $300? It’s lot #238, here’s a pic of the dial, and don’t miss one of the best casebacks in watch history. Though be aware, the case is 36mm, which will seem diminutive if you’re a Paneristi.

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[Note, any of the vintage mechanical pieces will very likely need to be serviced.]

Is there a hole in your collection, maybe a lonely empty spot in your watch box? Then do check out lot #96, this automatic Chopard Mille Miglia GMT chronograph (see pic). This thing is a steal at 770.00-1,080.00. Don’t miss the exhibition back.

This auction may be one of the more rare opportunities to get some great deals, especially if you’re a fan of Omega, Tag-Heuer, or Omega. If you have perhaps $1200 to spend and don’t expect to go home with a repeater or Patek, and definitely not a Patek repeater, you can leave this auction very happy indeed!

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3 comments
Cyz
Cyz

I rather enjoy the article and was very interested in some pieces from the catalog. However, i have never had any experience with any auction (live or online); an education is well appreciated. In this case, under the watch has its estimated price. But is it the starting price or just stated the price of the watch can be worth ?
Thank you very much.

Jason C.
Jason C.

There are some very dodgy vintage pieces in there. Quite a few are frankens cobbled from parts. For example there is a 1980s Submariner in steel with a gold dial and hands set! Buyer beware! Some good deals to be had for sure, but also some very bad pieces that will sell for more than they are worth. That's the trouble with as-is auctions with minimal intervention from experts. Big auction houses sometimes slip up, but very rarely, and usually with pieces that are very well faked. Smaller auctions tend to let things slip by that would not pass at a bigger house.