On the 24th of may 2022 the Bonhams Montres de Prestige auction is taking place and we want to present our three favorite watches to you here!
"The 50th anniversary of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak brings a lot of interesting examples of this icon to the global auction rooms this year. This 25800ST from the 1990's is a good example. A stainless steel Perpetual Calendar Moonphase in a 33mm case might not be the archetype Royal Oak, but collectors will certainly appreciate its rarity and beauty."
- Nick Meijer
The watch is in a great condition and accompanied by the Audemars Piguet outer card. In addition, an extract from the archives has been ordered. Estimated price is €50-70,000.
"The Rolex Explorer ref. 1655 aka Freccione is an oddball. When launched in 1971 it was made to cater to speleologists and potholers and hence did go rather unnoticed for many years. It was however featured in the Rolex catalogue until 1985, when the updated ref. 16550 was launched. Today, of course, it is celebrated for its oddity. And hence considered very collectable. The large orange central hand, the fixed 24-hour bezel and the confusing hour markers make this it its very own. It is not a GMT-Master, nor a Milgauss. It most certainly is not a Submariner nor a Sea-Dweller. It is instead The Freccione which is Italian for big arrow."
- Kristian Haagen
The 38mm stainless steel watch is in a great condition and the expected price is € 20 - 25,000.
"The Patek Philippe Aquanaut was designed to be a different approach to the sports watch than its older brother the Nautilus. While not designed by Gerald Genta, it still retains some of the most striking design codes, such as the beautifully executed round edged bezel. Coming on a rubber strap that continues the waffle shaped of the dial, the Aquanaut without doubt has a younger and sportier appearance. The ref. 5065A-001 was produced from 1997 to 2006 and this piece was purchased in september 2006, making it one of the last 5065As ever produced. I personally prefer this piece over its successor, because the dial has a more symmetrical appearance due to the date not cutting or replacing the three o’clock index, as well as the smaller 36mm case size."
- Simeon Kremzow-Tennie
Coming as a full set with service receipts included, this example is estimated to sell between €30 - 40,000.
Registration for bidders has opened already and all watches that are up for auction can be viewed in person from the 21st to 23rd of may in Paris at 4, rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris. The auction will start on the 24th of may at 10 o’clock. Follow the link below to see the full listings and register to bid.