Fall has arrived, and do you know what that means? Auction season has once again returned to New York City. Today, Antiquorum will be conducting their annual Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces auction here in Manhattan. Not only is 2014 a very special year for this famed auction house, as they reach their 40th anniversary, but this specific sale is very special for Antiquorum as well. Why? Because among the great highlights are Philippe Cousteau's (son of Jacques Cousteau) 1665 Seadweller, a Patek Philippe 5004P with a black dial, a Patek Philippe 3979 in white gold, and [of course] a Paul Newman 6239. I'm confident records will be broken, intense bidding wars will take place, and a lot of cool watches will be sold. But whoever said you need to spend big money to get a worthwhile wristwatch? So let's get a glimpse of the best deals and steals of today's Antiquorum sale.
Heuer "Skipper" Steel Chronograph (Lot No. 13)
Heuer's "Skipper" is an ideal chronograph for all levels of collecting. If anything, it resembles the classic Tissot Seastar. But with the Heuer name on the dial, a regatta-like aesthetic, and that oh-so-perfect "beads of rice" bracelet, it's a truly exceptional wristwatch. The estimate is a modest 1,500-2,500 USD.
Audemars Piguet Ref. 14802ST (Lot No. 49)
Sorry, but it was way too hard for me to stay in that so-called "affordable" price range with all of these amazing timepieces up for sale. Here's a simple, iconic wristwatch with timeless vogue: The Audemars Piguet "Jubilee Edition" Royal Oak. This example dates back to the 1990's and is cased in stainless steel with a pink tapestry dial. The estimate is 8,000-12,000 USD. Even if you exclaim "13,000," you'll never regret bidding past that estimate...just don't hold up your paddle too long.
Rolex Ref. 1601 Yellow Gold (Lot No. 81)
This important Rolex wristwatch really needs no further explanation. Though if I didn't deliver an explaination, THE WATCH ADVISER would probably fire me. The 1601 is no Paul Newman or P.C.G. GMT, but it's dependable, handsome, and worth the money--especially at this price. Circa 1961 and consisting of 14 karat yellow gold, this piece is not only an early 1601 and a relatively rare variation, but also is set at an incredibly low estimate of 1,800-2,400 USD.
Universal Genève Desk Clock (Lot No. 125)
To top off this list, I wanted to throw in one of my favorite lots, a desk clock. Yep, that's right! This clock was produced by the fabulous Universal Genève once owned by the Henri Stern Watch Agency, or otherwise known as Patek Philippe. For the same price as that Heuer up top, you can own this nifty piece of timekeeping history.
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