Watch collectors should keep an eye on these four vintage watches at the Bonhams on September 3rd. After a summer without any activity, the watch auction season will be picked up this autumn with some big sales in London, New York and Geneva. The Piaget, Zenith, Rolex and LeCoulture will be presented in the London Knightsbridge saleroom.
Piaget Ultrathin Automatic Watch
The Piaget Ultrathin Lot 223 (reference 12303 in 18k White Gold circa mid-1960s) has a white gold case, a silver sunburst dial and the original buckle and box. The stunning watch is much rarer than the models made in yellow gold and is an example of pure elegance and style. Despite this, vintage Piaget watches don’t receive so much attention, mainly because they are not many made and the design does not match the current trends. This does not apply to this exquisite watch that can be worn with business formal attire and even a tuxedo. The Piaget at Bonhams Lot 223 has a low pre-sale estimate of $1,200 to $1,900.
This Zenith Chronograph reference A 277 circa 1970, Lot 191 is an amazing watch with similar features to the 1970s manual wind Heuer Autavia. This model has come onto the radar of collectors in the recent years. The Zenith has wearable dimensions, 40mm in diameter and a caliber 146H movement, one of the last manual-wind chronographs manufactured before the introduction of automatic El Primero movements. The movement design is an updated version of the one Martel used in Universal Geneve watches. Zenith bought Martel in 1960 and the right to use their movements. The Zenith Chronograph has a pre-sale estimate of of $1,500 to $2,300.
The automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox reference E855 circa mid-1960s Lot 91 is a design classic with a K825 movement with a date included. This model is the first automatic alarm watch with a wearable 37mm diameter. The Jaeger-LeCoultre is in all-original condition with the original JL-signed crowns, dauphine hands and long index markers. Because these watches usually have one of the original crowns replaced, finding a model with both is extremely rare. Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Lot 91 has a pre-sale estimate of $930 to $1,200, but it will probably go higher.
Rolex Oyster Scientific
Rolex Oyster Scientific with Sector Dial circa 1936, Lot 83 is a small, gorgeous watch encased in steel. It features a superb “sector” dial with blue steel hands that were tailored for the academic society. Although it looks well-worn, it was not polished and the black marks on the case are dusty. Its manual wind movement is chronometer-certified and was adjusted to 6 positions. This beautiful 31mm watch has a pre-sale estimate of $2,300 to $3,100.