Yesterday, June 18, Antiquorum New York held the last watch auction of the season and the results for Vacheron Constantin watches left me somwhat scratching my head. Many interesting vintage watches either went unsold or for their low estimates however some modern watches, especially the Mercator (a big surprise, I guess my ranting about how fantastic these watches are didn't go unheard ) and a skeleton perpetual calendar went for unexpectedly high prices (compared to what they were selling for not too long ago)
Here's a brief overview of some of the more intersting pieces:
LOT 211 Corps of Engineers U.S.A.: Silver cased pocket chronograph made for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers circa 1918. Estimate: 2,500 USD - 3,500 USD (1,600 EUR - 2,300 EUR) sold for $3000
LOT 242: Made circa 1930 a helm-shaped, chrome desk clock on a wooden mount. the top handle used as the winder and to set time. A really cool looking and unusual watch Estimate: 5,000 USD - 7,000 USD (3,200 EUR - 4,500 EUR) and went Unsold!
LOT 243: Deck Watch with Guillaume Balance. Made for the British Hydrographic Service, circa 1942. The present watch was one of a series of 150 pocket lever chronometers made by Vacheron & Constantin in the 1940’s. Estimate: 4,500 USD - 6,500 USD (3,000 EUR - 4,200 EUR) Unsold
LOT 245 Yellow Gold Chronograph with Tachometer made in the 1950’s. Estimate: 28,000 USD - 34,000 USD (18,000 EUR - 22,000 EUR) Unsold!
LOT 260: Made circa 1924. Yellow gold chronometer with split-seconds chronograph and instantaneous 30 minute register. Estimate: 8,000 USD - 12,000 USD (5,200 EUR - 7,800 EUR) sold for a bargain considering the complication for $ 6,240!
LOT 387 Ref 4838 Chronomètre Royal: Yellow gold Chronomètre Royal made in 1953 housing the gorgeous cal 1008/BS. Estimate: 5,000 USD - 7,000 USD 53,200 EUR - 4,500 EUR) sold for $ 7,200.
LOT 389 Mercator: Made in 1993 this platinum Mercator features an engraved and enameled dial representing Africa/Europ/Asia. Estimate: 20,000 USD - 30,000 USD (13,000 EUR - 20,000 EUR) sold for $31,200.
LOT 390 Mercator Thailand: Platinum Mercator with dial engraved and enameled representing Thailand. The rarity of this watch other than its production of 20 pîeces is the fact that it is to the best of my knowledge the only model made for a specific market with an engraved dial (usually these special requests came only with a polychrome enamel dial). Estimate: 25,000 USD - 35,000 USD (16,000 EUR - 23,000 EUR) sold for $ 36,000
LOT 391 Ref. 43032: Platinum skeletonised perpetual calendar made in 2001. Estimate: 25,000 USD - 35,000 USD (16,000 EUR - 23,000 EUR) sold for a whopping 66,000 USD!