Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 1PM EDT     |      New York City


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June 3 from 10AM–5PM

June 4 from 10AM–3PM

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Sales Specialist

Anissa Carrol, Senior Sale Specialist

(212) 389-9040, ext. 116


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Maria Saxon, Director of Auction Operations

(212) 389-9040, ext. 103



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.

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  • Fine Watches auction on June 5, 2019 at 1PM EDT.
  • Featured Lots Shown: Zenith A. Cairelli CP-2 Chronograph, Universal Geneve Ref. 881101 Tri Compax “Eric Clapton” Chronograph, Rolex Explorer Ref. 1016 with “Tropical” Dial, and a Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master Ref. 1675.

NEW YORK, NY—The Exclusive Watches auction took place Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 1PM EDT, offering an exciting selection of important vintage and contemporary timepieces. It featured a continuation of “A Collector’s Passion: Part 2,” our collaboration with esteemed watch collector, Greg Selch, who has dedicated decades to amassing a collection that is sui generis. Mr. Selch’s passion for the pure history of watchmaking led him beyond the classic offerings of Rolex and Patek Philippe, fostering an appreciation for truly unique timepieces from Omega, Universal Geneve, Zenith, and other leading brands that dominated in the 1960s and 1970s.

Auction highlights included a well-preserved circa 1965 Rolex Explorer Ref. 1016 with “Tropical” Dial in Steel which achieved $21,250 at auction. The Explorer 1016 debuted in 1963 and is most famous for the inclusion of its predecessor on the first summiting of Mount Everest in 1953. While the Explorer does not receive as much fanfare as the other larger Rolex sport watches, the model excels in one particular area: its dial. Tracing back to the early 1950s, Rolex designed the familiar 3/6/9 dial—as seen on the Rolex Explorer Ref. 1016—because its increased legibility allowed for quick and crucial time telling under perilous conditions. The large amount of tritium on the dial, plus the later addition of the big, bold “Mercedes” hands also enhanced visibility under low lighting. Collectors have been known to pay a huge premium for this famous 3/6/9 dial, even when found on other Rolex sport watches. The dial on the present example is particularly desirable with its “tropical,” brown coloration—a rare attribute which makes the watch quite valuable, and a must-have for Rolex sport collectors. It achieved $21,250 at auction, quickly surpassing a starting bid of $12,000.

In other highlights, a circa 1960 Zenith A. Cairelli CP-2 Chronograph in Steel was offered for sale in June. This watch was sold primarily in the 1960s by the Italian defense contractor, A. Cairelli, and the Zenith CP-2 was the choice watch of the Italian air force (AMI). The size, rarity, military provenance, and stylish good looks are a few reasons why they are so prized today. The present example is in unusually good condition for its age, and sold for $13,750 at auction.

Click to view the full catalog for the Exclusive Watches auction. 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 June Exchange, which will take place June 27th. The cutoff date to submit your fine jewelry or watches is May 17. 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:
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