Christie’s Watch Department has assembled an incredible selection for their latest sale in New York this week (21 June 2017). Featuring a stellar line up of rare and special watches, the sale also features a section entitled ‘American Icons’. I’ve been through the catalogue and have selected some of my personal favourites from the beautifully presented (and handy sized!) catalogue. So here they are — Povey’s Picks…
As I’ve said before, there has been a huge surge in interest and focus on the automatic Rolex Daytonas and no more so than when housing a rare dial. The stone dials with diamond hour markers and full pave set dials are especially striking when set in white gold cases.
This sale features a run of sixteen watches. The blue ‘sodalite brilli’ 116519 are one of my all-time favourite Rolex dials. These dials are cross-section cuts of stone and so each one is unique. Lot 70 is a fine example in a very rich blue hue.
Lot 59 showcases Rolex’s incredible ability to produce full gem set pieces. This reference 116589 features a full pave set dial with sapphire hour markers. Additionally, the tachymeter scale has been substituted for a baguette cut sapphires on the bezel. The overall effect is stunning! I believe these watches are still slightly undervalued…let’s see how they do.