Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 1PM EDT     |      Live & Online


Click below to view the results of our Important Watches auction.


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While our NY showroom is currently closed in accordance with the statewide response to stunt the growth of COVID-19, there are several ways to preview the sale from the comfort of your home. Read below for more information.


Sales Specialist

Anissa Carroll, Senior Jewelry Specialist

(212) 389-9040, ext. 116


Bidding Services

Hyesoung Lee, Auction Operations

(212) 389-9040, ext. 115



If you are interested in selling your jewelry or watches in an upcoming auction, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists. We are always happy to assist.

P: (212) 389-9040

E: valuation@fortunaauction.com

  • Important Jewelry & Watch auction took place on April 30, 2020
  • Featured Lots Shown: A Rolex Daytona “Paul Newman” Ref. 6239, achieved $137,500, a Rolex Day-Date Ref. 18038 in 18K Yellow Gold, achieved $12,500, a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Platinum Number One Ref. 270.6.49, achieved $20,000, and a Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 116618 in 18K Yellow Gold, achieved $21,250.

NEW YORK, NY—The Important Watches auction took place Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 1PM EDT, offering an exciting, wide-ranging collection of luxury and vintage timepieces from the most respected watch brands of the world.

Our leading lot, a giant in the vintage watch collecting world, the Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona Reference 6239. The reference 6239 is the same reference that the famed actor, race car driver and philanthropist, Paul Newman wore and popularized. The particular example we have features a black dial with white sub-registers, fitted with a Rolex jubilee bracelet. It was purchased second-hand in the 1980s for $800 by the current owner, yet its condition is nearly perfect given its history. The iconic timepiece achieved $137,500 at auction, congratulations to the lucky bidder and new owner!

In other iconic Rolex watches, the Important Watches auction offered a fine Rolex Day-Date Ref. 18038 in 18K yellow gold, which achieved $12,500 with a starting bid $9,500. This classic dress watch has an especially stately presence with its elegant wood dial—a great find for collectors looking for an iconic watch that is still out of the ordinary. Also featured in the sale was a Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 116618 in 18K yellow gold, which after a starting bid of $16,000, achieved $21,250. This latest generation of Rolex’s Submariner Date line features the very best in Rolex innovation, from the Oyster Perpetual gold case and bracelet to its unidirectional rotatable ceramic bezel—developed to be virtually resistant to scratching.

The Important Watches catalog is now closed for bidding. For inquiries related to the sale, or post-sale offers regarding unsold lots please refer to the contact information above and our staff would be more than happy to assist you.


Preview the Catalog from Home

Fortuna is pleased to introduce major additions to our online auction catalog; every lot listing will also include a high-resolution video of the piece shown at all angles, to give bidders a clear view of the condition and quality of the piece before placing their bids. Bidders can also request a “Virtual Preview,” in which you can video chat directly with one of our specialists for a closer look on your favorite lots. To get started, just send us an email to schedule a date and time.

We Invite You to Auction!

We are always accepting fine jewelry and watch consignments for upcoming auctions, whether it is a single item or an entire collection. The next opportunity to consign is for our June Watches and June Jewels auctions, which will take place June 4th. The cutoff date to submit your fine jewelry or watches for these sales is May 14th. Please contact our office or fill out our web form for a complimentary auction appraisal. Our specialists look forward to helping you understand the value of your pieces.

For more information, please contact us at:
P: (212) 389-9040

E: valuation@fortunaauction.com

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