After wrapping up a massively successful watch auction in Geneve and saw some of the most valuable vintage timepieces change hands not long ago, renowned auction house Phillips has no plan to slow down and comes back with their second Hong Kong-based watch auction aptly named "Hong Kong Watch Auction: Two", to be held in Mandarin Oriental, Central, Hong Kong on 31st May. When Phillips is involved, you can bet there will be no shortage of absolutely mega timepieces to go under the hammer and here in Lengbeau we are so glad that notion is as valid as ever. While Phillips is doing what it does best curating amazing timepieces, Lengbeau does what it does best too: getting up close and personal with these "one day, maybe" watches for our readers. Ready? Read on to find out our top topics of the auction and enjoy our high definition pictures.
Lot 368: Third Series Ref.2499 in Pink Gold
The estimate is HKD9,000,000 - HKD18,000,000. For details, go here. See below for more pictures of the Ref. 2499.
Lot 169: Ref. 5004P, a Unique Perpetual Calendar Split-Seconds Formerly Owned by Sir Eric Clapton
The estimate is HKD2,800,000 - HKD4,400,000. For details, go here. More pictures below:
Lot 373: Ref. 2523 Double-Crown World Timer in Pink Gold
The flag-bearer of this auction, the Ref. 2523 World Timer is expected to have the hammer fall between HKD12,000,000 and HKD20,000,000. For details, go here.
Lot 364: Calatrava Ref. 96 in White Gold
The estimate is HKD120,000 - HKD180,000. For details, go here. Below is a wrist shot for your reference, if you're concerned with its size.
Lot 352: A Minute Repeating Split-Second Chronograph Pocket Watch in Platinum
Lot 270, 292, 37 : A Trio of Very Special Rolex Submariners
Famously donned by Sean Connery in his performance as James Bond in Goldfinger, the Ref. 6538 Big Crown (thanks to its disproportionately large crown) has gone on to become arguably the most coveted Sub ever. This particular "Big Crown" in question has all the correct parts including the immaculate lacquer dial and signs of perfect ageing. Estimate is HKD620,000 - HKD900,000. Go here for details.
The other Sub that caught our attention is a very rare variation of the quintessential vintage Sub, the Ref. 5513. This particular 5513 in question has what we called the "Explorer Dial", featuring 3-6-9 numerals, a dial pattern most prominently featured in Rolex Explorers. The present watch, produced in 1963, also comes with the correct "underline" and "Swiss T<25" features, indicating the watch was manufactured during transitional period when Rolex switched from radium to tritium in terms of the lume material of choice. The estimate of this ultra rare 5513 is HKD900,000 - HKD2,000,000. See here for details.
The last of the three Subs that stole our heart is the Ref. 1680 in yellow gold, with a red Khanjar logo sitting at 9'clock, indicating it was made specifically for the Omani market (a Khanjar is part of Oman's national emblem). It might feel paradoxical to create a diver in yellow gold but trust us, it doesn't matter anymore once you strap this on. If there's one watchmaker who can make a gold diver looks cool, it's Rolex. And one with a Khanjar logo at an unusual position (usually the logo is placed either at 12 o'clock or 6 o'clock)? An absolute winner. Estimate is HKD300,000 - HKD500,000. See details here.
Lot 209: A Rare Dress Watch, Ref. 8382 with Blue Enamel Dial
Estimate is HKD400,000 - HKD600,000. More details here.
Lot 231: An Ultra Rare "Paul Newman Ghost" Daytona Ref. 6262
The estimate is HKD1,400,000 - HKD2,500,000.