On May 22, 2021 in Switzerland, auction house Ineichen Zurich will hold its “Timepieces Auction No. 174,” which includes 222 lots of vintage to historic wrist and pocket watches. The selection alone is one that most watch hobbyists will enjoy, but the reasonable opening bids is what will make the sale a sensation.
Ineichen Zurich is a traditional auction house that prides itself on value and fair dealing. The 222 upcoming lots represent beautifully maintained timepieces that represent nearly 250 years of watchmaking technique and artistry with items dating from the late 18th century to rare contemporary timepieces that are no longer for sale on the retail market. The fabric that connects all of the lots is their desirability and difficulty to obtain on the open market. The last auction item — Lot 222 — is not for a watch, but rather for an non-fungible token (NFT) animated graphic that includes a frame for each possible face of the Konstantin Chaykin Joker watch. This one-of-a-kind-item represents a hyper-modern manifestation of timepiece collecting.
Ineichen Zurich would like to highlight a sample of just 10 lots from the “Timepieces Auction No. 174” event below, as examples of the types of watches available. Bidding will be live and can be done in person or remotely online via auction house service provider invaluable.com. The auction is scheduled to take place on May 22, 2021 at 1:30pm CET at the Saal Metropol in Zurich, Switzerland. For more information and to view the auction lot visit the Ineichen Zurich website here.
10 lots to notice from Ineichen Zurich’s “Timepieces Auction No. 174:”
Rolex Chronograph 2508
A Rolex reference 2508 chronograph watch from 1935. Steel case on a later-supplied steel bracelet. Hand-wound column-wheel chronograph Valjoux 22 movement. Starting bid of 6,000 Swiss Francs.
Urwerk PR 103
Early Swiss Urwerk watch from 2003. 18k yellow gold case produced as a limited edition of 25 pieces. Smooth case with satellite time indication system. Caseback indicators of hand-wound movement include power reserve, small seconds, and quarter hours. Starting bid of 15,000 Swiss Francs.
F.P. Journe Chronomètre à Résonance
Platinum-cased resonance watch produced by Geneva-based Francois-Paul Journe. One of the few mechanical watches to explore the concept of resonance as a system to increase accuracy over time. Produced in 2006. Starting bid of 80,000 Swiss Francs.
Konstantin Chaykin Clown II
88 piece limited edition version of the famed Joker collection from the Moscow-based Russian watchmaker. Expressive dial indicates the time via separated dials for minutes and hours, along with a moon phase indicator. Movement of hands simulates face with changing emotion, with this version of the watch exploring a clown face theme. Starting big of 10,000 Swiss Francs.
Omega Constellation Megaquartz
Relatively early quartz movement-based watch with high-accuracy movement that operates at 2.4MHz. Produced in 1975 with a distinctive rectangular case and integrated bracelet. Analog dial hearkens the look of then-modern ship marine chronometer instruments. Starting bid of 1,000 Swiss Francs.
C.H. Meylan Rattrapante
Pocket watch from 1920 produced by La Brassus based C.H. Meylan. Enamel dial in pristine condition with decorated gold case. Split-second “rattranpante” chronograph movement needs service; likely a worthy investment. Starting bid of 1,500 Swiss Francs.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Calendar Moon Phase Watch
Men’s triple calendar with moon phase dress watch in 35mm wide 18k yellow-gold case produced in 1980. Blends distinctive style of the past with design elements still presented in Jaeger-LeCoultre products of today. Starting bid of 3,000 Swiss Francs.
IWC Da Vinci Quartz Beta 21
Early quartz watch with Swiss Beta 21 movement produced in 1970. Features geometric hexagonal/square IWC Da Vinci 38mm case with integrated bracelet, both in 18k yellow gold. Starting bid of 3,000 Swiss Francs.
Universal Geneva “Nina Rindt” Chronograph
Attractive late 1960s sports black & white chronograph watch (with “panda dial”) made popular by presence of celebrity female’s wrist in iconic photography. 36mm steel case includes Swiss Valjoux 72 manually wound 12 hour chronograph movement. Highly collectible. Starting bid of 8,000 Swiss Francs.
Daniel Roth Tourbillon No. 17
Double-sided dial watch in trademark Daniel Roth brand case produced in 18k white gold produced in 2008. Manually wound tourbillon-based movement displays time on one side, and date with countdown-style power reserve indicator window. Starting bid of 15,000 Swiss Francs.
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