After New York and Geneva, Christie’s has announced the Dubai Edit, an online sale, which will be replacing the traditional annual live ‘Important Watches’ auctions. This sale will offer 161 lots with a mid-estimate of US$50,00,000. One can bid for these watches on Christie’s website from October 15 to 29.
In this release, each specialist of the Dubai watch team will be presenting 2-3 watches, which in their view is perfect for novice, advanced and mature collectors.
For the novice collector, Christie’s Mathieu Ruffat has selected two Rolex watches:
Rolex Gold Day-Date, 1994
This vintage Rolex watches with original, specially produced signed dials for Middle Eastern rulers are amongst the most desirable for all collectors. It is a rare example of a Rolex Day-Date model supplied to the United Arab Emirates armed forces, which has a champagne dial featuring their emblem, which consists of a golden falcon, the UAE flag, and seven stars representing the federation of seven emirates.
Estimated bid: US$ 12,000-18,000
Rolex Steel Submariner With Pointed Crown Guards, 1961
This Submariner reveals the best of all ingredients and is a great choice for the avid collector. Apart from the aesthetic appeal, the timepiece has the sought-after Pointed Crown Guards, which are also referred to as ‘cornino’ by Italian Rolex enthusiasts and the rare black gloss dial with two lines gilt printing. The watch has a glossy dial with a light tropicalization that gives the watch a remarkable vintage look.
Estimated bid: US$30,000-50,000
For the advanced collector, Christie’s Bob Xue has selected a Patek Philippe Nautilus and a Rolex:
Patek Philippe, Steel And Gold Nautilus, 1982
Designed by late Swiss watch designer and artist Gérald Genta, the Nautilus is one of Patek Philippe’s most recognisable and popular models in today’s market. Its case shape has remained practically unchanged since its introduction in 1976. In 2016, Christie’s had curated a special sale to mark the 40th anniversary of the model, by offering 10 Nautilus timepieces in each auction location, starting with Dubai, followed by Hong Kong, New York and Geneva. This Nautilus was launched in 1980 and produced in a very small quantity. As per Christie’s, less than 300 examples of the model were made, rendering it much rarer than its stainless-steel counterpart.
Estimated bid: US$25,000-35,000
Rolex Gold And Diamonds Day-Date With Yellow Stella Dial, 1970
This timepiece is an extremely well-preserved representation of the famous Rolex model and, undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful and desirable of all the Rolex Stella. The watch is enhanced by its magnificent, intact and vibrant yellow coloured ‘Lacquered Stella’ dial enriched with eight round cut diamonds indexes and two baguette-cut diamonds. The lacquer dial of the watch is a vivid shade of yellow, similar to the Chinese imperial yellow. It also comes with its original certificate of guarantee stamped by the retailer Guillerro Tello R. of Samborns Madero.
Estimated bid: $1,20,000-2,20,000
For the mature collector, Christie’s Remy Julia has selected a Rolex and a Patek Philippe.
Rolex Milsub, 1977
Milsub’s untouched dial is graced by the highly attractive discolouration of the luminous material to numerals and hands displaying a beautiful, uniform ivory tone. The military version of the Submariner was adapted following the specifications requested by the British Ministry of Defense. The watches had to be fitted with fixed bar lugs with a diameter of 2 mm, the dials had to be easily readable and the international symbol for Tritium (the encircled T) had to be incorporated.
Estimated bid: $1,40,000-2,40,000
Patek Philippe Gold, Diamond, Pearl & Ruby-set Skeletonized Keyless Watch,1980
Stunningly proportioned, this timepiece is one of only five examples known publicly. A true masterpiece of both the watchmakers and jeweller’s art, the impressive 48 mm diameter case is set with diamonds and pearls, and is surprisingly thin. The entirely visible movement has been skeletonized and hand-engraved to add to its delicacy and sophistication. It displays five-spoke wheels and the Patek Philippe ‘Calatrava’ emblem forms the spring barrel casing.
Estimated bid: $35,000 – 50,000