Fellows auction house is reminding watch retailers there is still time to stock up on vintage timepieces ahead of the Christmas gift-buying season.
The company promises its Pre-Christmas Watch Sale offers a smorgasbord of horological delights for watch collectors, aspiring and experienced alike.
“The sure-fire favourites in this auction are undoubtedly the Rolex Daytona models, ranging from 1960 to the present day.
The first Rolex Cosmograph chronograph watch, which was launched in 1960 and later named the Daytona in connection with the American racetrack, it was available with a ‘standard’ or ‘exotic’ dial. When race-car driver and Hollywood actor Paul Newman was pictured wearing this watch with its distinctive dial, his name became forever linked with this particular Rolex aesthetic and a legend was born,” says Fellows’ Alexandra Whittaker.
Another highlight is a 2016 Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona chronograph. It was only this year that the steel Cosmograph finally received the Cerachrom update available to its gold and platinum stablemates.
The limited availability of this piece, coupled with the distinctive dial scheme aping the colours of the 6239, makes this watch one of the most sought after in the contemporary watch market. Fellows has placed an estimated value of £9,000 – 14,000 on this lot.
Away from Rolex, Fellows is drawing attention to a pair of diving watches: a Blancpain 50 Fathoms produced by Blancpain for the French Navy’s elite Combat Divers in 1953; and a Seiko 62MAS, the first diver’s watch to be produced by the Japanese company.
Limited editions include a De Ville watch from Omega. Known as the ‘Emerald’, this watch was designed by jeweller Andrew Grima and was produced for only three years from 1971 to 1973.
The Watch Sale will take place on Tuesday 29th November 2016. The catalogue is available to view online and in person at the following times:
- 22nd November 11am – 6pm (London)
- 26th November 2016 11am – 4pm (Birmingham)
- 28th November 2016 10am – 4pm (Birmingham)
- 29th November 2016 8.30am – 11.00am (Birmingham)