Start-Stop-Reset – Phillips’ Latest Theme Auction

With a title like that, yes folks, we’re talking chronographs. Phillips latest theme auction (following last spring’s Glamorous Day-Date and November’s Only Watch) will challenge the timer in you.

Maybe you’re a motorhead looking forward to this month’s running of the 100th Indianapolis 500. Or maybe you follow the ponies and you’re looking for a timer for the Preakness and Belmont.

No matter. You’ll find the chronograph of your dreams this Saturday evening. The usual suspects are here, of course. Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega, Longines, Heuer, and Breitling. And right along side, there’s Blancpain, Eberhard, Ulysse Nardin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Tiffany & Co., and more.

88 lots in all, and you guessed it. Every single one very rare or extremely rare. They cover production years from 1931 right on up to this year. Most hail from the 1930s through the 1970s.

Rolex leads the way with 18 watches in the auction. Most are of course, Daytonas. In fact, there are multiple Paul Newmans. But several harken back to the 1930s and 1940s. And examples from the 1960s which are NOT Daytonas. Lots 68 and 14 are two ref. 6238 ‘pre-Daytonas’ from 1963 and 1964, black-dialed and silver-dialed (this one from Tiffany & Co.), respectively.

Rolex Reference 6238

Rolex Reference 6238

And there’s Lot 82, a ref. 6234 from 1965 with both tachymetre and telemeter scales on the outer dial.

Rolex Reference 6234

Rolex Reference 6234

The 13 Omegas are a mix of Speedmasters and non-Speedmasters. Among the Speedys is Lot 22, a beautiful tropical dialed ref. 2998-1 from 1960. And Lot 66 is a beautiful slightly oversized two-register piece from 1931, looking for all the world like a little brother to Omega’s famous Olympic stopwatches.

Omega Chronograph from 1931

Omega Chronograph from 1931

Only 5 Patek Philippe chronos made the cut. My favorite is Lot 30, a sector dial, two register piece (see the photo at top).

And there are nine Longines timers and eight chronos from Universal.

So no matter your tastes, or price range (well… keep it above $15,000), you’ll find a vintage chronograph that scratches your particular itch.


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