The Christie’s New York December 7 auction of Exceptional Watches achieved a total of $9,909,000. The sale sold 96% by Value and 87% by Lot, led by lot 33: aPaul Newman with “RCO” dial reference 6263, circa 1969, for $1,092,500. Sale Highlights included modern, vintage and sport watches from Omega, , Tornek Rayville, F.P. Journe, Heuer and more. Rare Patek Philippe models included an exceptionally fine 18k gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch Reference 2499, first series, circa 1952 (Sold for $636,500), and an extremely rare platinum automatic minute repeating wristwatch with enamel dial, Reference 3979, circa 1996 (Sold for $432,500).
Notable results were also achieved for rare Rolex models including Rolex Reference 6538, realizing $492,500 against its original $100,000 – $200,000 estimate, Rolex Reference 6241 “John Player Special” achieving $672,500 and a Rolex Reference 6034 that sold for $552,500. The sale presented an American icons section with property formerly belonging to prominent American athletes, celebrities and well-known personalities, highlighted by the Joe DiMaggio Patek Philippe Reference 130 sold for $281,250.