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Stephen Silver is renowned for our extraordinary ability to procure, design and handcraft the world's finest jewelry and gemstones.

The Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry Estate Collection includes some of the finest pieces from the Edwardian, Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Retro eras. Signed and period pieces are the company's specialty; many of which are from prestigious jewelry houses such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, Tiffany & Co., and Harry Winston.

The Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry Signature Collection exemplifies modern day luxury combined with old world elegance to produce true works of art. Exquisitely handcrafted in platinum and 18-karat gold, using only the very finest diamonds and colored gemstones, our Signature Collection is exceptional in quality and extraordinary in style.

$2.5M Spent on Watches in One Auction Last Week Demonstrates the Power of Timepieces as Investments

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$2.5M Spent on Watches in One Auction Last Week Demonstrates the Power of Timepieces as Investments

Howard Cohen

It is auction season again and the most recent results are proof positive that investing in timepieces has its just rewards. In fact, at last week’s Antiquorum Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces auction in New York, more than $2.5 million was spent on watches.

“Watches continue to be a smart investment, as so many of the top timepieces sold today hold their value, and some even go up in value over time,” says Roberta Naas, 30-year veteran journalist on the subject of watches.

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There is no steadfast rule on which watches will be most coveted by watch collectors years down the road when you may be ready to sell your watch, but the best rule of thumb is to buy what you are going to wear first and foremost. Then, keep your eye on auctions around the world to see the brands and styles that continue to sell. Pilot, dive and military watches are all desirable, as are complications, calendars and astronomical watches.

For instance, the top seller at last week’s auction was Lot 272, a rare astronomical watch from Patek Philippe (Ref. 5102) with night sky chart of the Northern Hemisphere. That watch, which was made nine years ago in 2006, is a self-winding watch in 18-karat white gold with stunning enamel dial. It sold for $231,750. In the complicated watch realm, Lot 163 – an A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour Le Merite (Ref. 7604) was auctioned for $159,750. The watch is a tourbillon that had been made just two years ago in 2013.

 Lot 272, a rare astronomical watch from Patek Philippe (Ref. 5102)

Lot 272, a rare astronomical watch from Patek Philippe (Ref. 5102)

Demonstrating a continued interest in watches with a “car related” history, Rolex also made a strong showing. Among the 272 pieces up for auction was a vintage Rolex Ref. 6239 Paul Newman Daytona (Lot 262). That watch raked in an incredible $111,750, and a Honeycomb Tropical Milgauss sold for $99,750.

While these watches garnered a lot of competitive bidding, a host of other pieces from a variety of top-name brands also sold — and continue to sell — for very strong auction prices. Will your next purchase be the quarter-million-dollar watch in years to come? If you have questions, don’t hesitate to come in and talk to us.