The Auction – Winning Icons, Legendary Watches of the 20th Century
Creating an auction such as the one that will occur in just over a week from now must have been extremely difficult. The main question is, once you have in your hands a watch as legendary as Paul Newman’s Paul Newman Daytona, and once you know you’ll have the chance to auction it, what else can you have around it? Certainly, you can’t just have one lot and if you have more watches to be auctioned, they have to be outstanding.
The idea behind Phillips’ Inaugural New York Auction “Winning Icons, Legendary Watches of the 20th Century” is a simple theme: having for sale the most iconic watches of the 20th century, watches that, just like the Paul Newman Daytona, created the legend; watches that are, all of them, considered as must-haves by the watch-collecting community. This is how you end up with 50 watches, mainly from the second part of the 20th century, from most of the historic brands. This means Rolex replica watches and Patek Philippe for sure, but not only.
The scope is actually extremely large: military pieces from WWII, racing chronographs from the 1960s, pioneer dive Rolex daytona fake watches, uber-rare complex calendar watches, Gerald Genta’s brainchildren, a Speedmaster commissioned by NASA and a special piece from one of the most prominent independent watchmakers. The most interesting part: even with such iconic watches, it doesn’t necessarily mean inaccessible prices. For instance, 8 lots have low-estimates below $20,000. On the other hand, Phillips’ Inaugural New York Auction “Winning Icons, Legendary Watches of the 20th Century” will certainly remain in collectors’ minds for being the one where Paul Newman’s Paul Newman Daytona appeared first.
The Legendary Paul Newman’s Paul Newman Daytona 6239
Aurel Bacs is behind some of the most impressive watches recently sold. He’s the one who made the winning bid (for an anonymous client though) on the Patek Philippe SuperComplication “Henry Graves”, the most expensive watch ever auctioned, at CHF 23,237,000 with buyer’s premium. He’s the one who sold the unique Patek Philippe ref. 5016A-010 for Only Watch, which reached a stratospheric 7,300,000 Swiss Francs, making it the most expensive wristwatch ever sold during an auction (at that time…). He’s the one who sold the most expensive wristwatch ever, the Patek 1518 in steel (for over CHF 11,000,000), the most expensive Rolex yet (the Bao Dai 6062, for over CHF 5,000,000) or the most expensive Rolex Daytona (sold for CHF 3,722,000).