Bonhams opens broad online sale for timekeepers from 1750 to present day


If you are still craving more horological history after the excitement of the record-breaking Geneva auction week, Bonhams in London has a sale that will ease you back into the real world.

The Bonhams Watches and Wristwatches Sale, which takes place online and at its Knightsbridge, London, saleroom tomorrow (November 19), has an eclectic list of more affordable horological items from throughout history.

Lots range from a Tomas Fridl silver quarter striking clock coach from around 1750 to a limited edition Omega Seamaster James Bond Spectre watch.


Bonhams top pics from the auction include:

Tomas Fridl, Salzburg

A large silver quarter striking clock coach watch with alarm by Tomas Fridl, Salzburg dating back to c 1750. A silver champlevé dial surrounded by a pierced and engraved inner case, decorated with flora and fauna motifs, and a leather covered silver outer case. Originally owned by Spanish nobleman, the Count of Villagonzalo and now offered by a direct descendent. Estimate: £6,000 – 8,000.

Mudge and Dutton with enamel by Moser

An 18th century (circa 1770) fine gold quarter repeating cyclinder pair case pocket watch – a landmark collaboration between the leading master craftsmen of the period. The watch’s case was executed by renowned goldsmith and enameller George Michael Moser (1706-1783), with a fine grisaille enamel central panel depicting Venus holding a scythe to Cupid’s wings.

The movement was produced by watchmakers Thomas Mudge (1715-1794), famous for inventing the lever escapement, and William Dutton (1720-1794). By adding the complication of quarter repeating, the refined execution of the movement made it worthy of the extravagant and fine case it is housed in.

Accompanied by a fine architectural display case with shagreen covered pillars and pitched top created by the 19th century architect and designer John Paul Cooper (1869-1933), a prominent member and believer in the Arts and Crafts movement. Estimate: £7,000 – 9,000.

Omega Cosmic, ref 3944, 1954

Introduced in 1947 the Cosmic model was the brand’s first watch to display the time and date with hands and the day, month and moon phase separately in windows. From 1951 it featured a square case – a great departure from the traditional round case making it a classic and one of the rarest Omega models – the black dial of this example, especially so. Estimate: £5,000 – 7,000

Patek Philippe. An electronic modular master clock used for British Broadcasting Company (BBC).

Comprising of three modules, two including digital time, date, day and year indication, two analog time dials, one with centre seconds, third module for battery back-up, the Master Clock System is capable of being regulated to 1/1000 of a second and may be used to control an almost unlimited number of slave clocks. This example was utilised by the BBC and used to maintain time across all departments within the BBC Monitoring building before being decommissioned. Estimate: £2,500 – 3,000

Patek Phillipe ‘Ricochet’, 18K gold automatic cushion form bracelet watch, c.1968

The Ricochet collection was designed by Gilbert Albert who served as the Design Director of Patek Philippe from 1955-1962. His inspiration for this asymmetrical series of watches came from his intense passion for modern art, particularly the works of Brancusi and Mondrian. Estimate £4,000 – 6,000.

Omega. Speedmaster Michael Schumacher A stainless steel automatic chronograph bracelet watch, ref. 3510.61.00, c 1996

In 1996 Omega released the ‘Schumacher’ series to celebrate Michael Schumacher signing for Ferrari. Accompanied by: Omega tyre form box, outer card, spare links, blank International Warranty card, Operating Instructions. Estimate: £1,500 – 2,000.

Omega. Seamaster James Bond Spectre, Limited Edition stainless steel automatic wristwatch

Ref., Limited Edition No.6451/7007, c 2015.

Despite a decades-long partnership, this special edition watch marks the first time that Omega released a model of the actual watch worn by James Bond in the franchise. “Spectre,” an acronym for Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion, was limited to an appropriate 7,007 models. Estimate: £3,500 – 4,500.

Montblanc, ‘Nicolas Rieussec Rising Hours’, a stainless-steel automatic calendar wristwatch with unusual chronograph

Ref: 108790, 7234, c 2015.

First introduced by Montblanc in 2008, the Nicolas Rieussec collection paid homage to the celebrated 19th Century French watchmaker of the same name and paved the way for Montblanc’s first in-house movements. Besides the attractive balance of the dial, the current lot also offers a fun play on traditional chronographs with the entire subsidiary dials revolving with the hands remaining stationary instead.

Chopard, a collection of 10 official Mille Miglia Driver’s timepieces

Representing each year that the vendor competed in the Mille Miglia Storica between 2008 and 2018, the ten watches all feature different designs as Chopard creates a new watch for each edition.

All ten watches are also accompanied by their boxes and papers and, apart from being worn during their respective races, have been left untouched since. Estimates range from £1,000 – 1,500 to £2,500 – 3,500.

The two ‘top lots’ of the collection are the Mille Miglia Gran Turismo XL Chrono Speed, Ref. 8530 (competitor edition 118), a stainless-steel automatic calendar chronograph wristwatch from 2010, the year that Jaguar marked its 75th anniversary by jointly sponsoring that year’s edition.

The other is the 2011 edition (Mille Miglia Gran Turismo XL Chrono Speed, ref.8459), competitor edition 122, which features attractive over-sized registers for clear recording visibility – a characteristic that can be seen on several other editions released in subsequent years by Chopard. Both watches feature the distinctive Chopard black rubber ‘tyre tread’ strap and have an estimate of £2,500 – 3,500.

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