It was the fine thing with Antiquorum before Patrizzi was kicked out, you could see all their sold watches on the net.
Now the new owners have destroyed that, you cant click up a watch and see the numbers any longer
Sometimes I saw that they had sold watches that afterwards had been heavily restored!
One of the most classic examples is the "savonette carrée",
which I saw with my own eyes and held in my hand,
at the Quarter of Millennium Auction in Geneva 2005.
It was beautiful, but to exspensive for me...
Here are pics and text from the catalogue 2005 ( and my handwriting, please excuse !)
And the text and condition.
The figures means, from left to right, the first 3 = Case very good, second 3 - 01 = very good and original hands
and last 3 = movement very good but the little remark at the figure, means that overhaul is recommended.
Nowhere is there any word of a heavily rebuilt watch, but I have a photografic memory,
so I knew I had seen that watch before.
When I came home I looked through old catalogues back to the VC auction at Antiquorum 1994, but even that seemed fine.
Then I remebered and I found it in the original shape !
Not so perfect, uh ...
It was a pic in "Wristwatches" by Gisbert Brunner and Christian Pfeiffer-Belli (ISBN 3-8290-0660-8),
which I can recommend.
So, fine auctionhouses are no guarantee for first class watches ,
only for first class price tags !
I write a post some day, perhaps in close time, if I just can manage to take the time,
of the biggest blunder Christie's have done in all times, that's quite fun