Sotheby’s Sunday: Watch Out For This Auction

Posted On: 21 09 2017

George Daniels Space Travellers’ Watch, circa 1982 Discover impressive watches that will be offered on Sotheby’s Auction in London on September 19, including fine timepieces by the greatest watchmaker of the late 20th and early 21st century, Dr. George Daniels, as well as a wide selection of vintage and modern pieces by leading manufacturers such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, A Lange & Söhne and Cartier. With a vast array precision timepieces, the auction offers the perfect opportunity for connoisseurs of horology to acquire watches that will either compliment an existing collection or initiate the start of a new passion. Four masterpieces, including the Space Traveller , provide an insight into the life of genius watchmaker George Daniels.

Timeless gold wristwatch by Patek Philippe, 1954

A yellow gold  wristwatch  REF 2449 Case 683823 MVT 742145 Made In 1954 • cal. 12-400 manual winding lever movement stamped with the seal of Geneva, 18 jewels • silvered dial, applied baton indexes, subsidiary seconds • 18k yellow case, snap-on back • case, dial and movement signed • with a 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle diameter 35 mm The reference 2499 was only produced from 1948 to 1954, the present lot is thus one of the very last manufactured. Less than 250 “monobloc” cases in yellow gold were produced by Emile Vichet. The silvered dials with hard enamel were made by Stern Frères.

Timeless watch by A. Lange & Söhne

Sold in a set of one white gold and one pink gold twin barrel wristwatches with power reserve, moon-phases and date refs 119.026 and 119.032 No 33/101 Cases 152533 and 152333 Grand Lange 1 Luna Mundi circa, 2003 After the production at the Lange & Sohne factory ceased for more than 40 years due to World War II, the LANGE 1 was the first watch introduced by the German master watchmaker when the brand was relaunched in 1990. Since its introduction, this model has been one of the most widely acclaimed and iconic pieces presented by the highly revered manufacturer. The Grand Lange 1 “Luna Mundi” was presented as a set of two watches displaying the accurate waxing and waning of the moon as seen on both sides of the equator. The Grand Lange 1 “Ursa Major” model in white gold depicts the moonphases for the Northern Hemisphere while the Grand Lange 1 “Southern Cross” in pink gold displays the moonphases for the Southern Hemisphere. Both moons change phases continuously and not just in sudden increments once or twice a day as in conventional watches. In addition, the mechanism was computed precisely so that the displays deviate from the synodic lunar orbit by only one day in 122.6 years. These watches were available exclusively in sets of two and the edition was limited to 101 sets, introduced in 2003, they were sold out by 2004.  The current examples are number 33. The “Luna Mundi” showcases many iconic and distinctive features including the easy-to-read oversized date apertures and the asymmetric dial display which were used in many of the brand’s future creations.  The movement is characteristic of the finest quality production with a double barrel for a power reserve of three days, hand engraved balance cock with swan-neck precision regulator, gold chatons and hand-blued screws.

A timeless gold design by Patek Philippe

A yellow gold square wristwatch MVT 201310 Case 289013 made in 1922

• cal. 10”’ manual winding jewelled moustache lever movement • silvered dial, Arabic numerals, outer minute track, blued steel hands • 18k yellow gold case, hinged back • case, dial and movement signed dimensions 34.5 x 25 mm Manufactured in 1922, the present lot represents an item of increasing rarity, incorporating features which, in their day, signified the highest craftsmanship. The metal dial has enameled numerals and minute track, and the movement houses “wolf’s tooth” winding wheels and a “moustache” lever escapement. The watch is further enhanced by its “carré tortue” shape. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time this watch has been presented at auction. Watch  Fine Timepieces live at 10:30 AM BST. For real-time bidding and results please watch the auction on Sotheby’s Bid Now.

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