Right at the beginning of the auction we have a watch in excellent condition selling for far more than its estimate. This Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Civilian model from the mid-1960s smashed its 6,000 to 8,000 by achieving 12,000 GBP. The earlier military model was also successfully sold.
This colorful mechanical bundle of fun ended up selling just over the estimate at 420 GBP. I'm really glad that this watch found a new wrist by the end of the day. It shows that you don't need to spend thousands and thousands on vintage watches to enjoy them. Sometimes all you need is a splash of color and a lot of character.
Just like the Deleane chronograph above, I'm very glad that this interesting watch from a relatively unknown brand managed to get sold. As the first wristwatch with an altimeter in it, the Bivouac should be far more recognised than it currently is. Plus that electric blue dial is an absolute winner.
Is this really a surprise? I struggle to think of any watch that is currently seeing more attention and praise from the watch community and press than the Heuer Autavia. This early model is in an amazing condition with a nearly immaculate bezel and crisp white sub-dials. With TAG Heuer's new Autavia coming out next year, express for prices to keep going up.
Huh? What happened here?! Out of all the lots I highlighted, I would have thought that this DRSD in great condition would have been a guaranteed seller yet it couldn't find someone interested enough to take it home. Like I said regarding the recent Gallet Flight Officer ebay auction, you never truly know what stops a potential bidder from raising their paddle despite how great a lot can be.