Yesterday Dec 5, Antiquorum held its last auction of the season in New York. The vintage Vacheron Cosntantin’s were mostly time only pieces whereas the modern ones were complicated. Most lots sold for rather interesting prices, here’s a brief overview:
Lot 104: Poche Surprise: Made in 1930 and case by Verger Frères this is a beautiful yellow gold and enamel Art Deco purse and desk watch. Originally estimated between $2,000-$3,000 (€1,400-2,000) it more than doubled its high estimate selling for $4,956 (€3,400)
scans courtesy of Paul Butros
Lot 193 platinum Ref 6394: Made in 1964 this watch has a very original “linen” texture case band. Estimated at $8,000-$12,000 (€5,500-€8,000) it sold for $10,625 (€7,300)
Lot 194 Jubilé ref 4600 in rose gold: Produced in 1949-1950 this model was made in 1000 pieces in different colors of gold probably for the Italian market in celebration of the “Anno Sancto”. Estimated at $4,000-$6,000 it was a bargain at $4,720 (€3,240)
Lot 199: Made in 1946 the feature which immediately attracts the eye is the “shell” lugs, typical of VC’s tests in lug designs. Estimated between $3,000-$4,000 (€2,000-2,800) it doubled its low estimate at $6,490 (€4,450)
Lot 201 Mercator representing Africa/Europe/Asia: A great mystery to me, this is one of the most fascinating watches of the past 20 years, extremely rare and difficult to make and it is going for a bargain!! Estimated at $15,000-$20,000 (€10,000-14,000) it sold for $20,650 (€14,172)
Lot 203 platinum ref 4724: An amazing opendial retrograde date made in 2002 in 247 pieces. Estimated at $15,000-$20,000 (€10,000-$14,000) it almost doubled its low estimate selling for $29,500 (€20,250) which was if I recall its original list price.
Lot 204 Mercator America platinum. Limited to 10 pieces (I believe that this is the smallest production run for any Mercator), it features a cloisonné enamel dial representing North America and inspired by the maps drawn by 16th century Dutch Cartographer Mercator. Estimated between $25,000-$30,000 (€17,000-€20,000) it sold for $49,560 (€34,000) On a side note a vintage watch dealer I know sold a similar model for about €60,000 (approx $90,000) and the watch stayed in his shop front less than a week!!!
scan courtesy of Paul Butros