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The Wish List: A horological couple reviews the upcoming Geneva auctions

Josh Shanks

What we’d buy – A his/hers approach to the upcoming November auctions Many sites offer various market/auction reviews and recaps—but we’re going to try something a little different. We’re approaching the upcoming Christies, Phillips, and Antiquorum auctions from a couple’s perspective. Far too often, sites are curated with a man’s eye, but the woman’s perspective is lost. Since Brenda and I collect with consensus, we’ll each pick five watches we like and would actually buy. Enjoy! Antiquorum, Geneva - November 8, 2015 Christies, Geneva - November 9, 2015 Phillips Watches, Geneva - November 7 & 8 Brenda’s picks – When it comes to horological investments, I’m very particular and rarely find more than one every few months that I consider adding to the collection. This upcoming crop of auctions is pretty flush with great finds, though. Christie’s Lot 150 Patek

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Worn: Bulova Apollo 15 Lunar Surface Chronograph

An absolutely epic Bulova chronograph is coming up for sale next week. From October 15th to the 22nd, you will be able to bid on a watch worn on the moon by Commander Dave Scott of Apollo 15. As stated in his 5-page letter of authenticity, Scott explained, “The primary use of the wrist chronograph on the surface of the Moon was to track…the elapsed time of consumables use (oxygen, water, and battery) in the Portable Life Support System (PLSS) backpack.” In the letter Scott went on to say, “Knowledge of precise time remaining was essential…as a backup to the standard issued Omega chronograph, I carried and used a Bulova chronograph on the lunar surface…this unique strap was…worn during…each of my three EVAs on the lunar surface.” Paying $50,000 or more for a Bulova watch may seem ridiculous, but, in

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Series Video Review

In this video, Steve Hallock of TickTocking, gives an excellent breakdown of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref. 5402 A-Series. This is a mint condition example of the original Royal Oak from 1972, powered by caliber 2121. It doesn’t get much better than this.

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Phillips Auction Results Exceed Estimates

Phillips held their first auctions this past weekend in Geneva, and not surprisingly, the results exceeded expectations. With Aurel Bacs – the most renowned watch auctioneer in the world – at the helm, lot 123, an exquisite and very rare stainless steel single-button chronograph from Patek Philipp sold for 4.6 million CHF, setting a record for any stainless steel wristwatch sold at auction. It is one of only two examples of this model, both of which were made for a retailer in South America, the other is a highlight of the Patek Philippe Museum. A Rolex Daytona “Albino” sold for 1.3 million CHF, which according to Phillips, broke the all-time record for any Rolex ever sold at auction. Also, see the results of the four Rolexes we wrote about last week. In total, the inaugural Phillips watch auctions realized 29.6

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Rolexes to watch at upcoming Phillips Auction

Rolex Submariner 5510, caliber 1530, 1958, 60,000CHF-80,000CHF, considered the rarest of the Big Crowns as it was only produced for one year and there are believe to have only been 300-600 ever made Lot 114 The much anticipated Phillips “Geneva Watch Auction: One” takes place this Sunday. And for this article, we selected four of the most uncommon Rolexes from the upcoming sale – excluding the Daytonas – which we already know can exceed a million Swiss francs. Here is the list: 1- 6452 GMT-Master with Bakelite bezel, 2- Submariner 5510 Big Crown, 3- Submariner 5513 with Explorer underline dial 4- 6541 Milgauss with honeycomb dial and “lightning bolt” hand. In total, these four Rolexes are expected to fetch between 340,000 CHF to 610,000 CHF. That’s a huge range, but considering the auctioneer is Aurel Bacs – the sky’s the

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Rolex GMT Master 1675 with Blue Bezel

Antiquorum’s upcoming New York watch auction takes place April 15th, and today we’ll show you one of our favorite pieces: a Rolex GMT Master 1675 with Blue Bezel. Sometimes referred to as the “Blueberry” GMT. The look of the blue bezel is great, which makes it really stand out from the more common blue and red Pepsi bezel GMTs. That said, a real blue bezel 1675 is extremely rare, and this particular piece does not have an original bracelet (it is head only), and no paper work, so it is hard to say if the blue bezel is original.

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Jason Pitsch

Rolex Submariner 1680 X Horween Strap

Jason Pitsch

For this hands-on review, we paired a vintage Rolex Submariner and a locally made Horween leather strap, resulting in a dinstinctive aesthetic that is as handsome as any Submariner with a steel bracelet. Most people that buy a Submariner, wear it with the included steel bracelet, and that is not a bad thing, but if you want something a little different – go with an extra leather strap (or two) for when you want a style that is more unique, or to perfectly match your outfit. This Rolex Submariner (Ref. 1680) was produced in 1978 and features an original matte dial, with nicely patinated original markers and hands. There is not much to say that you probably do not already know: matte dial, pierced lugs, cyclops date (this was the first Submariner to feature a date), open 6s and 9s,

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Philippe Cousteau's Rolex Sea-Dweller sells above high estimate

Earlier this week, Philippe Cousteau’s (son of Jacques Cousteau) Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 with Double Red Mark I dial, sold for $183,750. That is more than thirty thousand over the high pre-sale estimate of $150K. In addition to the circa 1967 wristwatch, the winning bidder also received: six 8 x 10 color photos showing P. Cousteau prominently wearing the watch, a book “Diving Companions” by Jacques Cousteau and Philippe Diole, a red “Cousteau Crew” shirt, a 14 x 11” photo of the sailing yacht and a 14 x 11” photo “Philippe Cousteau at Sea.”

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Early Roger Dubuis chronograph to be auctioned

The manufacture Roger Dubuis was founded by the watchmaker Roger Dubuis in 1995. In 2008, the Richemont bought a majority stake in the brand, at which time Roger Dubuis and no longer provided input. Interestingly, while this timepiece is not expected to reach an astronomical number, it illustrates how much of a departure the design of the earlier watches is from the watches the brand is known for today.

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Tudor GILT Chapter Dial Submariner 7928

The Tudor Submariner reference 7928 was produced from 1960 to 1968, and like all Submariners from the 1960s, they are becoming increasingly harder to find. Especially, if the dial and lume are original (although the bezel dot may have been replaced), and the condition is good overall. That fact, is of course driving up the price for the best examples, and not just Rolex Submariners, the Tudor Submariners as well.

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