On May 30 this year, Filiz once again cooperated with Bacs & Russo, and jointly held the ‘Famous Watches-Hong Kong IV’ Spring Auction. This auction presents more than 350 rare watches, with a total transaction price of more than 100 million Hong Kong dollars, about 86 million yuan. In addition to contemporary watches from private collections by watchmakers, there are also some antique watches and pocket watches. The performance of some watches in this auction was unexpected, and all were sold at higher than the highest valuation, including the famous watch brands Patek Philippe, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet, etc., as well as minority brands such as Bell & Ross. The market is eager for some rare watches. Rarity and speciality also make collectors particularly adored. Let’s take a look at the ‘black horse’ watches that have been ignored at this auction. They are “special”.
Patek Philippe 5711 Nautilus Watch
Basic information: stainless steel case with a diameter of 42.5 mm, with time and date display function, automatic cal.324 movement
Valuation: HK $ 160,000-200,000, about 130000-170000 yuan
Price: HK $ 275,000, about 230,000 RMB
Watch Comments: This 5711 was launched in 2006 and is inspired by the 3700 ‘Jumbo’ Nautilus, which is designed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Nautilus. This watch is equipped with a large central second hand and a diameter of 42.5 mm. The updated application of modern technology and the appearance of the classic sports series make this watch one of the most popular timepieces in the auction market.
Basic information: stainless steel case with a diameter of 42 mm, with travel time, date display and alarm function, using cal.956 automatic winding movement
Estimate: HK $ 50,000-80,000, about 43,000-69,000 RMB
Price: HKD 112500, about RMB 97,000
Watch Comments: At present, there are only 768 of this watch left, the number is only second to the original Polaris model watch first introduced in 1965. It is worth noting that the first few watches of this series are not developed due to the material technology in the early years, and the luminous materials used to make Arabic numeral time scales have defects. As a result, the luminous coatings on these time scales have oxidized, but the oxidation is beautiful. It now has a very warm orange tone.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Series 5402ST
Basic information: stainless steel case, diameter 39 mm, with date display function, cal. 2121 automatic winding movement
Valuation: HK $ 200,000-300,000, about 170000-260000 yuan
Price: HK $ 350,000, about 300,000 RMB
Watch Reviews: In 1972, Audemars Piguet released one of the most iconic designs in the past 40 years-the Royal Oak watch. The collection was first designed by Gerald Genta and is still in production today, accounting for 70% of Audemars Piguet’s total sales. The original Royal Oak series were made of stainless steel, which was more expensive to manufacture than their ordinary platinum watches. More interestingly, the Royal Oak series was launched four years earlier than the Patek Philippe Nautilus. The current watch number is 548, which indicates that the Royal Oak No. 548 watch has been produced, and retains the classic elements of Royal Oak, the cut octagonal porthole bezel and the integrated lugs. The dial has also become very special and attractive brown due to years of oxidation, which adds a distinctive personality to the Royal Oak series and is very dazzling on the wrist.
Omega Speedmaster ST145022 Watch
Basic information: stainless steel case, diameter 42 mm, with timing function, using cal.861 automatic winding movement
Valuation: HKD 19000-25000, about RMB 16000-21,000
Price: HK $ 37,500, about 32,000 RMB
Watch Comments: This watch was launched in 1989 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first human landing on the moon. There are three different limited editions, and different versions of the series are different. This model is limited to 250 pieces in the German market and 2,000 pieces in the US market, and a total of 4,000 pieces in the rest of the world.
Panerai LUMINOR1950 series PAM00317 watch
Basic information: black ceramic case with a diameter of 44 mm, with timing function, dual time and day and night display functions, using cal.P.2004 automatic winding movement
Estimate: HK $ 70,000-90000, approximately RMB 60,000-77,000
Price: HK $ 118,750, about RMB 100,000
Watch Reviews: This PAM00317 from Panerai was very popular for the first time at the Geneva Watch Fair in 2009. The production process of the parts inside the black ceramic case is very complicated. The matte black ceramic case is not only scratch-resistant but also very futuristic in appearance. This watch has a variety of functions, is a two-time single-twist chronograph, with 8-day power reserve and day and night display. In addition, under the overall black appearance, the movement also has a PVD coating, which can be seen through the sapphire crystal glass on the case back. According to the latest news, this watch is currently numbered 326 and limited to 500 pieces.
Bell & Ross Airborne Skull Flag BR01-92-SA
Basic information: stainless steel case with black PVD layer, 46 mm in diameter, self-winding cal. 2892 movement
Estimate: HKD 16000-24000, about RMB 13,000-20000
Price: HK $ 35,000, about 30,000 RMB
Watch Reviews: This watch is numbered 1 and is the first watch of its type designed with reference to aircraft instruments. This BR01 was launched ten years ago and the square case has become one of Bell & Ross’ most recognizable brand logos.