Watch auctions are an important factor in today's watch scene. The usual glamorous setting in five star hotels, the carefully selected top pieces and flawless marketing machines have turned the top auctions in market-setting mechanisms where record after record is broken these days. That's great, but for collectors with a modest budget to spend it usually remains dreaming instead of participating in the sale.
Good news: Auction house Antiquorum is hosting an online NO RESERVE auction, where all items have the same starting price of 1 Swiss Franc. 213 items from a watchmaking workshop in Geneva come under the virtual hammer, and the variety is big and entertaining.
Instead of the usual auction darlings Antiquorum offers a mix of mostly vintage timepieces, clocks, watchmaker tools, parts and literature. In a 10 day run the highest bidder wins, whatever the bid is.
A look in the catalogue shows some odd and interesting pieces. What to think of a 1920's platinum Audemars Piguet digital jump hour? This must have been top of the bill in the 20's, especially in platinum. At the time of writing the highest bid is CHF 420, but it will certainly end up higher, as I don't think I could allow to see it sold for this price..
Another vintage stunner is an Omega Military wristwatch from circa 1945 in steel, currently with a high bid of CHF 230. What to think of a Lange und Sohne Minute repeater movement from the 1890's? A unsigned 18K Minute repeater pocket watch and a Art-deco Gold Longines? Or my favorite: the strange 1990's Shellman Quartz Minute repeater. CHF 5 is the bid, as we speak...
This is your chance to add a nice vintage piece to your collection, without breaking the bank. Your bids can be placed until October 1.