now's the time to buy enamel dials!The ref 4217 sold at Christie's for

$98,500 (after an estimate of $70,000-90,000) at yesterday's New York auction

now's the time to buy enamel dials!The ref 4217 sold at Christie's for



did it go to a Lounger this time as well?
06/14/2012 - 11:42
VC
Re: now's the time to buy enamel dials!The ref 4217 sold at Christie's for
06/14/2012 - 15:50
Hammer price was $80K, right in the middle of the estimate.  I had a chance to look and handle the watch on Tuesday.  The dial was stunning and in perfect condition.  The case was in good, but not perfect, condition.  All in all, nice to look and valuable for its rarity above all else. I do agree that watches with unique or very limited editon enamel dials are a great investment. 
the American 1921 did really well too so did the 4178 chrono, its time
06/14/2012 - 16:50
to buy before vintage VCs become unattainable!
That's something crow about!
06/14/2012 - 16:55
oops, its a rooster blush
Given the subject of the dial
06/14/2012 - 17:52
Perhaps it was bought by a member of the Perdue family.   "It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken."
Re: now's the time to buy enamel dials!The ref 4217 sold at Christie's for
06/15/2012 - 04:19
I followed these pieces quiet careful and I actually expected the cloisonee dial to achieve a higher price.  Imagine if this was a PP!  the 1921 was clearly attached with the wrong estimate and I took part in that bidding until they hit a price that I could pay and get new from a store!  The 4178 is not the best example I have see and there was also another in a London auction this week which went a reasonable price. In both instances either the dial and/or movement was not the cleanest.  With the London watch the movement was scratched in a couple of places. I will wait for the right 4178!  oh and if there a salmon historique.... you know my number!!!!
Re: now's the time to buy enamel dials!The ref 4217 sold at Christie's for
06/15/2012 - 14:02
Perhaps it is an occasion to look more seriously at VC, Alex? I think the time is rapidly approaching when the intrinsic value of VC watches will be more appreciated at auction, followed by an increase in sale value. Put a Historiques PT Salmon dial up at one of the auctions and there will be more the the usual suspects bidding on it. Not that long ago, one could be found at a reasonable (lowish) price. Those days are gone and even justindependent's price (whatever that may be) may not be enough. As it is, even in the non-auction secondary market, good VC's are harder to find. Caveat emptor!
I agree with you Joseph, there are more and more interesting
06/15/2012 - 14:18
pieces appearing at auction and going at rather high prices. This is even true for some modern pieces still in production like the 1921 which sells on the secondary market at a very low discount.