Sneak previews of upcoming watch auctions are always a treat, so this writer RSVP’d “Yes!” to an invitation for the 8 June glimpse of Bonhams’ upcoming London sale. Taking place on 21 June, the auction’s stars include a number of period Breguet pocket watches and a “seriously rare Patek Philippe” Ref 5004P platinum manual wind split-second chronograph wristwatch with perpetual calendar and moon phase, Lot 60 with an estimated of £120,000-180,000. Rolex enthusiasts will keep an eye on Lot 152, a Comex Submariner estimated at £40,000-60,000, accompanied by a range of diving related material including rare photographs of the original diver-owner at work in the North Sea.

On the wrist of Jonathan Darracott, Global Head of Watches, was one of my favourites in the catalogue, a Patek Philippe Amagnetic in yellow gold, but in one of the showcases was an even tastier stainless steel version. Blessedly, I am not in any position to bid, so it’s one choice I won’t have to make.

Here are some of the pieces we were able to see, which leads me to an alert: If you’ve been hankering after a sport Heuer, especially an Autavia, or an Omega Seamaster 300, the are numerous examples of these hotter-than-hot watches on offer. And stick around for the last lot: a nicely patinated black-dial Rolex “Paul Newman” Cosmograph Ref 6262, with an estimate of £70,000-£90,000.

Jochen Rindt beside the Maserati V12 engine of his Cooper car, Italy, Monza, 10 September 1967. (Photo by Rainer W. Schlegelmilch/Getty Images)

LOT 13

Breitling Stainless Steel Manual Wind Chronograph Wristwatch With 24 Hour Dial

Model: Unitime
Date: Circa 1969
£5,000 — 7,000

LOT 15

Rolex Stainless Steel Manual Wind Chronograph

Model: Cosmograph
Reference: 6263
Date: Circa 1974
£25,000 – 35,000

LOT 17

Omega Stainless Steel Manual Wind Chronograph

Model: Speedmaster ‘Ed White’
Reference: ST105.003-65
Date: Circa 1965
£6,000 – 8,000

LOT 13 Breitling Stainless Steel Manual Wind Chronograph Wristwatch With 24 Hour Dial
LOT 15 Rolex Stainless Steel Manual Wind Chronograph
LOT 17 Omega Stainless Steel Manual Wind Chronograph

LOT 25

Longines 18k Gold Manual Wind Single Button Chronograph

Date: Circa 1935
£5,000 – 7,000

LOT 30

Patek Philippe 18k Two Colour Gold Manual Wind Square Wristwatch With Concealed Dial

Model: Cabriolet
Reference: 5099RG-001
Date: Circa 2000
£4,000 – 6,000

LOT 32

Omega Stainless Steel Military Issue Automatic Centre Seconds Wristwatch

Model: Seamaster 300
Reference: 165.024
Date: Circa 1969
£25,000 – 35,000

LOT 25 Longines 18k Gold Manual Wind Single Button Chronograph
LOT 30 Patek Philippe 18k Two Colour Gold Manual Wind Square Wristwatch With Concealed Dial
LOT 32 Omega Stainless Steel Military Issue Automatic Centre Seconds Wristwatch

LOT 35

Heuer Stainless Steel Automatic Calendar Chronograph

Model: Autavia ‘Jo Siffert’
Reference: 1163 T
Date: Circa 1972
£10,000 – 15,000

LOT 36

Heuer Stainless Steel Automatic Calendar Chronograph

Model: Autavia
Reference: 1163V
Date: Sold 16th July 1977
£4,000 – 6,000

LOT 42

Heuer Stainless Steel Manual Wind Chronograph

Model: Autavia
Reference: 2446
Date: Circa 1966
£10,000 – 15,000

LOT 35 Heuer Stainless Steel Automatic Calendar Chronograph
LOT 36 Heuer Stainless Steel Automatic Calendar Chronograph
LOT 42 Heuer Stainless Steel Manual Wind Chronograph

LOT 106

Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Manual Wind Anti-Magnetic Wristwatch

Model: Amagnetic
Reference: 3417
Date: Soid 5th January 1963
£30,000 – 40,000

LOT 116

Blancpain 18k Rose Gold Automatic Semi-Skeletonised Tourbillon Calendar Wristwatch With 8 Day Power Reserve

Model: Léman, Edition No.10/50
Date: Recent
£35,000 – 45,000

LOT 124

Heuer Stainless Steel Manual Wind Calendar Chronograph

Model: Skipper
Reference: 73463MH
Date: Circa 1972
£6,000 – 8,000

LOT 127

Heuer Stainless Steel Manual Wind Chronograph With Dual Time

Model: Autavia GMT
Reference: 2446C
Date: Circa 1970
£8,000 – 12,000

LOT 106 Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Manual Wind Anti-Magnetic Wristwatch
LOT 116 Blancpain 18k Rose Gold Automatic Semi-Skeletonised Tourbillon Calendar Wristwatch With 8 Day Power Reserve
LOT 124 Heuer Stainless Steel Manual Wind Calendar Chronograph
LOT 127 Heuer Stainless Steel Manual Wind Chronograph With Dual Time

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