2 fake rolex (and 1 Tudor) not to be missed Antiquorum 30 September 2014
September is an important month for collectors, even more so this year because the biggest auction houses are competing for leadership in the market for rare and collector's watches. Antiquorum, the undisputed world leader in watch auctions (Christie's is however growing), will offer a series of absolutely exceptional watches at the next auction on 30 September in New York. Three, all Rolexes, caught my eye.
The first is exceptional for two reasons: it is a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Sea-Dweller and belonged to Philippe Cousteau, son of the famous oceanographer Jacques. Philippe, in love with the sea from an early age, soon began traveling the world with his father; he co-developed the first underwater breathing apparatus in collaboration with Acqualung and made the film "The Silent World" dedicated to the life of the underwater world, which earned him the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1956. Unfortunately his life ended tragically in 1979, when he died in a plane crash near Lisbon. Philippe's Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 has case No.1602920. Made in 1967, it is a Chronometer with double red Sea-Dweller logo on the dial, helium escape valve, date display and bracelet with Rolex Oyster Fliplock clasp, but above all it is one of only 7 examples ever made. It will be sold alongside memorabilia including six 8 x 10 color photos of Philippe Cousteau wearing the watch, and the book “Diving Companions” written by his father Jacques Cousteau and Philippe Diole.
The Rolex Ref. 1665 represents the father of all diving watches. The historic value of the watch, the very small production and the fact that it belonged to and was tested by a personality of the caliber of Philippe Cousteau place it at an auction base of between $100,000 and $150,000, which, I believe, will come with good chance exceeded. The other two I have chosen are more accessible, but equally interesting and represent the possibility of adding an out of the ordinary replica watches uk and Tudor to your collection.
The first is a “modern” Rolex, year 1999 but very original because it is an Air-King Ref. 14000 with Ferrari logo, case No. A300844, and original box. Starting price, in Swiss Francs, 4500 – 6200.
The last one is a Tudor Ref. 7934 Oyster Royal, anti-shock rotor, case No. 351683, Ref. 7934, made by Rolex. Made in 1961, it mounts an Oyster bracelet and is offered at an auction base of between 900 and 1800 Swiss Francs.
Three watches, three different proposals, the possibility of adding something unique to your collection.
(Photo credit: courtesy of Antiquorum; Google)