Results of the Watches of Knightsbridge Auction, 20th June 2015
Earlier this month I showcased my personal highlights from the upcoming Watches of Knightsbridge auction scheduled for the 20th June. The auction took place on Saturday and all but one of my selections found a bidder. Scroll down to see the hammer price on my highlights!
Lot 25 - Breitling Superocean "Slow" Chronograph Ref. 2005: SOLD for £3800
This piece ended up just hitting the lower end of its auction estimate, which I feel is reflective of the lot. The rather unique complication (no seconds register but a centre minute chronograph with running, paused & reset indicator) makes this piece interesting, however there were a number of great Breitlings available which could have drawn bids away from this lot.
Lot 207 - Longines Chronograph Calibre 30CH Ref 6474-7: UNSOLD
This was a big surprise for me. Here we have a classic Longines chronograph using the great 30CH movement with original dial, a large (for its time) size of 38mm and great overall condition that didn't end up selling. I don't know what exactly about this piece put collectors off. Sometimes it's just the way things go, I guess.
Lot 300 - Omega Flightmaster Cal. 910: SOLD for £2400
Ending up just shy of its upper auction estimate, I'm glad that someone has managed to bag what I believe is a great watch for a very good price. Despite never being quite as popular as the Speedmaster range, the Flightmaster showcases Omega's dedication to functional tool pieces. Seven hands, three crowns, two time zones and one chronograph make this piece a beast. If the chronograph hands had not been painted white by a past owner I imagine this could have gone towards the upper £2000 range.
Lot 324 - Rolex Ref 6036 Triple Calendar Dato-Compax "Jean Claude Killy": SOLD for £160000
Is it any surprise at all that this piece sold for nearly forty thousand pounds over its auction estimate? Complicated Rolex chronographs are desirable enough, but when you take into account the great condition of this piece and the fact it was consigned by the original owner's family, then it was bound to do well. I just love the unique "armadillo" style bracelet and I'm sure whoever ended up winning the lot does too.
Lot 468 - Tudor Oysterdate Chronograph ref 7159 "Monte Carlo": SOLD for £5500
Another lot that performed just above its initial auction estimate (£5,000 to £7,000), this Tudor Oysterdate chronograph is really great example of when seventies design just worked. Over the next few years we'll be seeing more and more Tudor chronographs at auction and the interest is only going to go up and up. Hopefully in the next auction for Watches of Knightsbridge we'll see the most desirable chronograph that Tudor made, the Ref 7031 "Homeplate".
For the complete sales listings please visit the Watches of Knightsbridge website.