The final instalment of the year of Birmingham auction house Fellow’s monthly Watch Sale took place on Tuesday, achieving an 85% sale rate.
A number of lots stood out for having achieved a particularly good sale price on the day.
One of these was lot 83, which was a platinum Santos wrist watch from Cartier. It sold for £3,700, having been given an estimate of £2,500 – £3,500.
One item that didn’t get as far as the auction room was the early Jaeger-LeCoultre perpetual calendar from 1938 that was to be the sale’s star lot. Fellows was approached the day before the sale with evidence that cast doubt over the ownership of the watch which, despite the auction house’s own due diligence, required further consideration.
There has been much speculation that the watch could well be a referenced piece-unique, crafted to celebrate the union of Jaeger and LeCoultre the year before. Fellows managing director Stephen Whittaker announced the decision to remove the watch from the sale in the sale room before the auction began on Tuesday.
Other highlights included a limited edition Jaeger-LeCoultre gentleman’s bi-metal AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT that sold for £18,000, and a gentleman’s 18ct yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date bracelet watch, which achieved a price of £7,500 on the day.
The next Watch Sale will take place at Fellows on the 26th January.