Our exceptional donor Sacha Davidoff is announcing from Geneva on the upcoming sales in May. He will feature the watches from a few sell-offs that grabbed his eye. Right away, let’s have a look.

Geneva May 2017 Auctions

PHILLIPS in relationship with BACS & RUSSO

Back for their fifth Geneva watch sell off, Aurel Bacs & Livia Russo in relationship with Phillips sales management firm keep on stunning the closeout scene with their slobber instigating May index. This group keeps on upping the ante and is tenacious in their stand firm on of the top footing among the watch closeout houses. They have likewise reported they will have a topical Heuer closeout in November this year curated by Richard Crosthwaite and Paul Gavin, creators on the subject.

The Phillips watch division, as they consistently have done previously, shut their index and delivered it first among the May barters in Geneva. An essential bit of leeway regarding getting their watches before authorities before the others. By early April, Phillips has put their inventory on the web and is finished with their viewings in Hong Kong and London, then different houses are as yet putting the last little details on their indexes. Notwithstanding this forceful ‘first-to-advertise’ approach, the choice of watches is equipped towards the slippery and practically unfindable ‘chalice’ watches. In a market, that is rapidly becoming so request solid that the stockpile keeps coming up short, Aurel Bacs and his group continue bringing us.


The closeout, which happens on the nights of Saturday and Sunday May 13-14th in Geneva is comprised of 237 watches, about 40 more than in November , which will compensate for a CHF 11 million steel Patek 1518 not being available this time around. With the absolute gauge of the index between CHF 16 to 30 million, they will have the most elevated all out accomplished and normal lot esteem, however we will go further in detail and draw a few comparisons after the keep going closeout wraps up on May 15th.

Overall, this was an eye-getting inventory and made it extremely hard for us to pick our top choices. More so than expected since there were no Omega Speedmasters in the list for us to straightforwardly hook on to. With the arrival of the Rolex 6062 “Bao Dai” to Phillips and again under Bacs, we anticipate a heavenly energy during the night. This watch sold for CHF 370,000 at Phillips in 2002, so right around 15 years after the fact, we foresee we will see a 0 added to that bring about May.

We genuinely appreciated the early review of the assortment before its flight to Hong Kong and coming up next are a couple of our favorites:

LOT #14, LOT #92, LOT #183 & LOT #202 – Tiffany & Co. marked dials

Why would we bunch four watches together? Since we infrequently see such an assortment of pieces in a solitary index. In the vintage gatherer world, there are pursued brands, in which certain models are profoundly alluring and, at long last, uncommon variations of those models make them significantly more important. Nonetheless, when those are then added to by a renowned retailer signature on the dial, the collectability factor increases. Lot#77 is likewise a Tiffany & Co. marked dial Rolex Submariner 1680, yet we chose to zero in on these four:

#14 – Rolex Daytona 6264 14K Gold, Tiffany & Co.

A vintage Rolex Daytona needs no presentation as a sought-after authority watch. The 6264 is an uncommon reference having been created for just an exceptionally brief timeframe in the mid 1970’s during the presentation of the new 727 type. Also, a 14K gold variant, generally bound for the US because of import obligations, makes this a considerably more interesting find. Proceeding with more profound into the survey of this piece, we can see that the dark counters of this champagne dial have blurred over the long run to rich tropical earthy colored tone. Now, the Tiffany & Co. signature on the dial is the last detail that places this piece into the cosmically uncommon category.

Estimate CHF 150,000 – 250,000

#92 – Rolex Daytona 6241 14K Gold, Paul Newman Dial, Tiffany & Co.

Taking it above and beyond from the past lot examined, here we see a Paul Newman dial variation of the 6241, additionally in 14K Gold and with the Tiffany & Co. signature. Presumably perhaps the best setups with the additional mark. Once more, we see that the worth duplicates when there is a twofold marked dial on an all around uncommon and attractive watch. Likewise, consider the name of this watch could be: Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona “John Player Special” Tiffany & Co., not really in that order.

Estimate CHF 400,000 – 800,000


#183 – Patek Philippe world time 2523/1, Tiffany & Co.

The reference 2523/1 was a report on the 2523 with lower carries that were not, at this point over the bezel and a 36mm width rather than the 35.5mm of the 2523. Patek Philippe stopped the world time in the last part of the 60’s and did as such for more than 30 years. There are just 9 known instances of the subtle 2523/1 and this is the lone model known with the Tiffany & Co. signature. In the event that there was such a term for a watch this way, we would get it would be something like a Super Holy Grail.

Estimate CHF 900,000 – 1,800,000 

#202 – Patek Philippe perpetual schedule 3450, Tiffany & Co.

In 1981, the 3450 was the replacement to the 3448, Patek’s first programmed unending schedule and the first occasion when they incorporated a jump year marker on the dial. The principal arrangement among the 3450 had a red speck for the jump year sign, a collectible detail. With just a short creation run, this all around elusive reference has the Tiffany & Co. signature just seen at sell off a small bunch of times.

Estimate CHF 220,000 – 320,000

LOT #94 – Breitling SuperOcean 1004

Although a large portion of us partner Breitling with avionics, in the last part of the 50’s Breitling additionally tried to wander into the plunging apparatus watches. The SuperOcean 1004 was dispatched in around 1957 as Breitling’s first programmed jumping apparatus watch on a lattice wristband. It is presumably one of our number one plans for a jumping watch of the last part of the 1950’s. Its plan, suggestive of 1950’s vehicle plans, with its dish formed bezel, metallic lance and radiant circle files and steel bolt adapted hands, exemplifies the advanced plans of the time. The 1004 creation was fleeting and these are extremely uncommon today. The iridescent material on the dial was marginally invigorated sooner or later, yet it stays a staggering model with a moderate estimate.

Estimate CHF 10,000 – 15,000

LOT #98 – LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm E857

One of the most loved plunging watches, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm, is separate from other jumping watches by its alert capacity and being the first to have this element. The twin crown was a common component on other plunging watches (one crown used to turn the moment bezel), yet on this model, it was utilized to set the caution. A helpful device for a jumper to hear what possibly they wouldn’t find in specific conditions as sound goes through water more effectively than light. Jaeger-LeCoultre wanted to make a recognition restricted release of this watch in 2011 for the US market (There was an European form as well). Much the same as this Jaeger LeCoultre watch would have been made under the LeCoultre name in 1959 for the US market too. This was because of an American protectionist obligations act (Smoot–Hawley Tariff Act) that constrained Jaeger-LeCoultre to deliver developments and amass its watches in the US under the LeCoultre name and was disseminated by US company Vacheron-LeCoultre. This model likewise made a buzz on the web when a man discovered one out of a Goodwill store in the US for $5.99 and sold it for $35,000 and an Omega Speedmaster to Eric Ku. We are almost certain that with its dull earthy colored inward dial, this one will bring an extraordinary cost too.

Estimate CHF 20,000 – 30,000

LOT #101 – Blancpain Fifty Fathoms MILSPEC I retailed by Barakuda

The Fifty Fathoms is among the most famous jumping watches ever. Under the 30-year residency of CEO Jean-Jacques Fiechter, an ardent jumper, starting in 1950, Blancpain built up its first genuine plunging watch. What could be compared to 91.45 meters, was the profundity rating for the watch. It was created with details and community oriented endeavors of the French Combat Diving School. The delivery occurred in 1953, one year before Rolex delivered the Submariner. Following the French Navy, different militaries stuck to this same pattern including the German, Israeli, Polish and US Navy.

The German Navy was provided by the plunging gear wholesaler Barakuda. You may perceive the name from other frequently called Blancpain Barracuda models. Be that as it may, it was not the fish, yet rather the name of this merchant who likewise provided Bund military gave looked for German military divers.

This MILSPEC I has the element of the dampness pointer at 6 o’clock and was included at the Blancpain historical center 275th commemoration occasion. The ticket and testament from the occasion are remembered for this lot. This is a regular citizen form and has no military etching, however has the Barakuda etching on the back from the distributor.

Estimate CHF 20,000 – 30,000


LOT #237 – Rolex Daytona 6263 Paul Newman “The Legend”, 18K yellow gold

Back in the day, most authorities and researchers questioned the presence of a 18K gold screw down Paul Newman Daytona. It was unbelievable that a particularly early reference would exist let alone in gold. Be that as it may, it does. Two right models surfaced and astounded nearly everybody. Thusly, it conveys the moniker “The Legend” and as the lone third right model at any point to surface inside a scope of two or three hundred chronic numbers, might we venture to say one won’t surface once more? This is the most extraordinary and most attractive Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona ever. This model flaunts a dazzling case with its unique first arrangement gold ‘mille righe” pushers and a spotless dial with flawless iridescent records. On the off chance that the Bao Dai wasn’t in this bartering, a Rolex record would be set by this one. Notwithstanding, a Daytona “Paul Newman” world record is on its way.

Estimate CHF 800,000 – 1,600,000

Thanks to Sacha Davidoff (from ) for this report.