Revolution magazine, Redbar and the Loupe This auction platform have persuaded dozens of brands to donate watches to an auction raising money for refugees escaping war torn Ukraine.
“We believe that there is nothing political about feeding people in a crisis. We want to bring the global watch community together for one simple purpose: to raise funds to supply essential meals for those who need them,” the organisers explain. “With our #WatchFamforUkraine Solidarity Auction, we are doing just that.”
Money raise will be donated to World Central Kitchen, an organization of first responders that head anywhere there is a humanitarian, climate or community crisis.
As soon as the war in Ukraine began, World Central Kitchen set up its first station at a 24-hour pedestrian crossing in Poland. Since then, it has set up a total of eight feed stations at different border crossings in Poland, Romania, Moldova and Hungary.
There are 50 lots in the auction, which opened today (March 25) and runs until March 28.
So far the highest bid is $14,760 for a pre-owned Rolex Submariner 126613LB, which is being sold with a personalised walk-through video of the watch from WatchBox’s resident watch expert, Tim Mosso.
The Rolex Submariner 126613LB might have been selected because its bicolour steel and gold with a blue dial has hints of the Ukranian flag.
Some brands have gone further and created unique watches in the blue and yellow of Ukraine.
AnOrdaine has made a one off Model 3 with a grand feu enamel dial in the colors. It has an estimate of $8,000.
Bamford London has created a unique Solidarity GMT in blue and yellow with an estimate of $2,100 that has already been exceeded.
Arcaunaut has donated a custom Arc II Ukraine watch with accents in the colors. It has an estimate of $3,500.
William Wood has made a Model 1 for the auction with an outline of the country on the case back and a yellow and blue dial.