TWA's Top Picks from Antiquorum's Upcoming Geneva Sale

Antiquorum, the watch world's premier auction house dedicated solely to the sale of fine wristwatches and clocks, will be holding their annual "Modern & Vintage Timepieces" auction on March 15th in Geneva. Of the 401 lots offered in this impressive sale, three especially strike me as aesthetically pleasing and investment-worthy buys. Also, in this instance, these three watches have an estimate lesser than $20,000 a piece; therefore, they can be considered somewhat "budget-friendly" by watch collecting standards. 


Rolex's Day-Date happens to be one of my all-time favorite vintage Rolexes. This watch has a wealth of historical significance and it's elegant, yet understated. But I actually find the variation in dial materials, textures, and colors to be the most fascinating aspect of the Day-Date. This extremely fine example features a rare Malachite dial. Apart from that dial, the rest of the watch is identical to any other Day-Date. But then again, most of a watch's value is associated with the dial. It's unlikely that you'll find another Malachite Day-Date in this condition anytime soon. If I was given $20,000 to spend on one ultra-mint Rolex, I'd surely choose this lot. 

Estimate: $15,000-$19,500


Patek Philippe has irrefutably manufactured the finest mechanical timepieces known to man. Their reference 570, an oversized adaptation of the iconic Calatrava, is presented here in its purest form: Cased in 18 karat yellow gold and fitted with an untouched off-white dial. This 570 offers the most bang for your buck, if you will, relative to other Calatravas in this sale. Seldom do we come across such a rare watch at such a reasonable dollar amount.

Estimate: $10,000-$15,000


To be terribly honest, I never have been much of a Breitling fan. But all of a sudden, my viewpoint has drastically changed. This reference 762 split-seconds chronograph is awesome and there's no better word to describe it! A brilliant steel case (with bevels intact), a superb movement, and a handsome dial combine to create this wonderful example of a historic timing instrument built for purpose and, quite often, utilized by pilots. 

Estimate: $7,600-$9,700

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