Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 4PM EST     |      New York City

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Please Note: All prices listed reflect the hammer price plus buyer’s premium.




Sales Specialist

Anissa Carroll, Senior Jewelry Specialist

(212) 389-9040, ext. 116


Bidding Services

Maria Saxon, Director of Auction Operations

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  • Important Watches auction on December 12, 2019 at 4PM EST.
  • Featured Lots Shown: A Rolex Daytona “Paul Newman” Ref. 6239 in Steel, a Cartier Crash 1991 Limited Edition in 18K Gold, a Richard Mille RM-07 Ladies’ in 18K White Gold with Diamond Pavé, and a Rolex Day-Date 40 Ref. 228348 in 18K Gold.

NEW YORK, NY—The Important Watches auction took place Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 4PM EST, offering an exciting, wide-ranging collection of luxury timepieces from the most respected watch houses and brands of the world.

The collection was led by the famous Rolex Daytona “Paul Newman” Ref. 6239 in Steel, which after a starting bid of $75,000 achieved an impressive $200,000. The Rolex Daytona “Paul Newman” is the most desirable and valuable of vintage sport watches. Famously worn and popularized by the actor and race car enthusiast, the watch has become just as legendary as the man who it is associated with. The present example is investment grade, checking all the boxes on condition. It came with an original Rolex rivet bracelet. Click here to watch a close-up video of the timepiece.

The Cartier Crash flew by estimate of $30,000-$50,000 and achieved a record breaking $81,250. The Cartier Crash 1991 Limited Edition in 18K Gold is the first reissue of the original Crash watch; debuted in 1991, it was limited to only 400 pieces and is accompanied by a Cartier box, warranty and manual. One of the most iconic watches by the legendary jeweler, the original Crash was made by Cartier craftsmen in the UK after seeing a colleague’s watch that had been badly melted in a car accident. The resulting Crash reminded many of Salvador Dali’s surrealist watches in his most well-known work, “The Persistence of Memory,” and a legend was born that is associated with the “Swinging London” of the 1960s.

The Hublot Big Bang Chronograph in 18K Pink Gold and Black Ceramic more than quadrupled its starting bid and far exceeded its high estimate when it sold for $17,500 at auction. The chronograph is a modern design classic. The size and case architecture have been made iconic by the brand. The present example features a case made of 18K pink gold, with Kevlar sides and a black ceramic bezel. The interesting use of materials, colors and textures give it a sporty sophisticated look.

The Rolex Submariner is the most well known and loved collectible watch, rightfully so, this sleek timepiece sold for $12,500, surpassing its high estimate. From its association with James Bond, various militaries and Steve McQueen himself, the watch embodies classic vintage cool. The 5513 no-date Submariner features the high dome Tropic crystal, which gives the watch a clean and vintage appearance. Today, they are prized collectibles. The present example has a great look, with an attractive cream colored lume and an aged bezel insert.

The Royal Oak is one of the most historically significant and iconic sports watches in the watch industry. Unsurprisingly so, this woman’s Royal Oak with the Diamond Bezel was no exception as it sold for more than double its starting bid by achieving $18,750. The combination of both feminine qualities and its industrial nature make it a truly exception timepiece.

In other watch highlights, a near mint-condition Richard Mille RM-07 Ladies’ in 18K White Gold with Diamond Pave achieved $93,750, almost double its low estimate and more than triple its starting bid. It is accompanied by an autographed copy of Richard Mille Editions Cercle D’Art by Alain Borer and Guy Lucas de Peslouan, Richard Mille winding box, travel pouch, polishing cloth, warranty and manual.

For inquiries related to the sale, please refer to the contact information above and our staff would be more than happy to assist you.


Introducing the Fortuna Exchange

In 2019, Fortuna introduced a new auction offering called the Fortuna Exchange, a monthly sale series featuring fine jewelry and watches from the celebrated makers across all style periods. The Fortuna Exchange was created to provide our sellers greater opportunities per year to sell their assets on a global platform, without the constraints or limitations of consigning their pieces to seasonal sales that are few and far between. With the addition of the monthly Fortuna Exchange sales, alongside our larger signature sales that occur biannually, we are pleased to offer our clients a year that is abundant with rare and exciting fine jewelry and watch offerings.

If you are interested in consigning to the Fortuna Exchange, please note that your jewelry or watch must be submitted at least a month before the date of the sale. For more information on selling at auction, click here.

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 the February Exchange, which will take place February 2020. The cutoff date to submit your fine jewelry or watches is January 8, 2020. 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.

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