Historic Watches Go Up For Sale At Tomorrow's Antiquorum Auction
Looking to own a piece of history? You may want to take a look at the Antiquorum “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” auction, which is being held tomorrow, September 30, in New York City. Bidding can be done online if you pre-register. The auction features an incredible selection of timepieces for men and women.
Highlights include several Corum coin watches commemorating, among others, U.S. presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. The Corum President Lyndon Johnson Inauguration Watch is expected to fetch between $5,000 and $8,000. Corum produced in only two pieces: one given to President Johnson and the other carefully preserved and now presented for sale. Made in the 1960s, this is rare, thin yellow gold wristwatch with a bas-relief of Lyndon Johnson on the case back. Lyndon B. Johnson “LBJ” was the 36th President of the United States, succeeding John F. Kennedy following his assassination in November 1963.
Are you more of a sports enthusiast? There are some pieces up for sale that were made by Richard Mille in collaboration with tennis great Rafael Nadel and one made with Olympic medalist Yohan Blake. Expected to sell for between $360,000 and $460,000, the Richard Mille RM 59-01 Yohan Blake Tourbillon Skeleton Composite, No. 40/50 is a very fine and unusual tonneau-shaped and curved asymmetric, skeletonized composite wristwatch with visible one-minute tourbillon regulator and 42-hour power reserve.
Yohan Blake, nicknamed “The Beast,” is a medal-winning Olympic sprinter. He won a gold medal in the 100m at the 2011 world championships making him the youngest 100m world champion ever. He also won silver medals in the 2012 London Olympic Games in the 100m and 200m races for the Jamaican team. The RM 059 was developed in collaboration with Blake, and just 50 pieces were made and released in 2014.
Looking for a little glitz and glamour? This auction offers some dazzling diamond-and-gemstone watches. Among the highlights: Chopard Ref. 4240 Imperiale White Gold diamond & Sapphire Watch (Est: $200,000 -$300,000), a Breguet Ref 5238 Skeleton Chronograph White Gold & Diamonds (Est: $120,000 – 220,000), and a stunning Rolex with a turquoise dial.
The Ref. 1803 Turquoise Stella dial with diamond indexes is an 18-karat yellow gold Oyster Perpetual, day-date, superlative chronometer officially certified. Made in 1974, it is a fine and very rare self-winding piece with center seconds, yellow gold bracelet, and white gold bezel set with 44 round diamonds.