A 2010 Patek Philippe Celestial astronomical watch was the top-priced lot at Bonhams Art of Time Sale in New York this month with a hammer price of $162,813, but the auctioneer was most delighted with a rare 1970 Heuer Skipper that sold for $81,563.
The Heuer ‘Skipperera’ Reference 7753 (pictured above left), was one of 20 inspired by the 1967 America’s Cup winner The Intrepid, Bonhams describes.
It was offered by its original owner, an avid sailor, who had received the watch as a gift from his father who purchased it for him in Switzerland.
The watch’s design was inspired by 1967’s America’s Cup winner, The Intrepid, which had several Heuer chronographs on board.
To commemorate the win, Jack Heuer commissioned the 7754, which today remains one of the brand’s rarest and most coveted watches, with only 20 known models existing and even fewer still containing all of the original parts.
The Intrepid’s deck was a distinctive mint green after an MIT study deemed it the color least likely to produce distracting reflections. The watch’s colouring followed suit, with its mint green subsidiary seconds and the iconic tri-color green, mint green, and orange 15 minutes count-down register.
Other timepieces to beat their estimates included a 1991 pocket watch by Gene Clark that sold for $125,313.
A limited edition 1995 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Automatic Bracelet Watch made $94,063 (pictured above right).
Patek Philippe’s Celestial Ref: 5102G-001 18k is a white gold astronomical wristwatch with sky chart, phases and orbit of the moon including time of meridian passage of Sirius and the moon.
It might be considered the best bargain of the sale with its price of $162,813.