Phillips auctions contemporary and vintage watches curated by Mr Porter and The Rake

The proscribed way to wear a vintage watch to your next board meeting.

What do you get if you cross an auctioneer, a men’s style magazine and a gentlemen’s ecommerce giant? The answer is a curated sale featuring 121 collectors’ watches that will go under the hammer in New York on November 5.

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, Mr Porter and The Rake have pulled the event together, which will see vintage and modern timepieces presented as fashion accessories to tailored clothing selected by stylists at The Rake magazine.

The watches of the sale will be sorted into 12 different style categories, including the basics of a man’s wardrobe such as business, evening, and casual wear, but also special events in a man’s life, such as what to wear to the races or tennis.



A dinner suit requires a dress watch that will slide under a cuff but catch the discerning eye if it peaks out.


“Understanding that the world of vintage and contemporary collectors’ watches can be intimidating, it has always been Phillips’ mission to make fine watches easily accessible, allowing novice and experienced collectors alike to easily discover, fall in love, bid on, purchase, and enjoy watches in complete confidence through our auctions,” a joint statement from Aurel Bacs, senior consultant, and Paul Boutros, Phillips’ head of watches, Americas, says.

“Mr Porter and The Rake, both leaders in the field of men’s style, share in our vision with their dedication to making the world of premium fashion and tailoring accessible for all, and we’re delighted to partner with them. Now bringing together men’s style and collectors’ watches for the first time in the same auction, we are excited to jointly celebrate quality, style, enduring value, and timeless design,” they add.


This Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, Ref. 6239 is described as a historically important Paul Newman Daytona. It was awarded to the winner of the 1969 Daytona 500, circa 1967. Estimate: $150,000 to $300,000.


This Rolex ‘Big Crown’ Submariner, Ref. 6538, is an extremely rare stainless steel wristwatch with “four liner” glossy dial, original box, guarantee, and chronometer certificate, from circa 1957. Estimate: $300,000-600,000.


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