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Antiquorum “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” Auction Highlights Recap

Paul Altieri

The hammer came down with over $10.4 million in sales at Antiquorum’s recent auction in Hong Kong.

This past weekend, Antiquorum wrapped up their “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” auction in Hong Kong with total sales reaching over $10.4 million. Amid the over 700 pieces up for sale, the brands that commanded the highest bids included Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux and Vacheron Constantin.

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Paul Newman Rolex Watch in gold is a rare watch. (credit: Antiquorum)

Among the Patek Philippe offerings, some of the standout watches included the Ref. 5033P Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar Platinum with diamonds, a rare 18k yellow gold Ref. 2499 Third Series from 1969 and the Ref. 5711 Jumbo Nautilus Platinum Ruby, one of only five ever produced.

Rolex also had a robust showing at the auction boasting 116 pieces in the catalogue with a rare 14k gold Cosmograph Daytona “Paul Newman” from 1969, an exquisitely embellished GMT Master II in yellow gold with diamonds and black sapphires and a rare 1969 Daytona Tropical Sub-Dials in steel, all fetching a higher price than its highest estimate.


Here are some of the result highlights of the auction.


Vacheron Constantin Ref. 30020

Patrimony Yellow Gold Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar

Sold: $158,656

Estimate $150,000 – 250,000

This superb high complication watch from Vacheron Constantin combines a perpetual calendar, minute repeater and moon phase all housed within its classically elegant 37mm yellow gold round case with a stepped bezel. Circa 2000.

Girard-Perregaux Ref. 99740

Opera Two Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar Platinum

Sold: $174,138

Estimate: $150,000 – 250,000

Girard-Perregaux Ref. 99740
Girard-Perregaux Ref. 99740 sold at $174,138. (credit: Antiquorum)

With a 42mm platinum case and elegant black dial, the rare Opera Two is an exquisite offering from Girard-Perregaux, equipped with a tourbillon, Westminster minute repeater and perpetual calendar. Circa 2003.

Audemars Piguet Ref. 25806 TI

Jules Audemars Grande Complication Automatique Titanium

Sold: $274,751

Estimate: $200,000 – 300,000

Audemars Piguet Ref. 25806 TI
Audemars Piguet Ref. 25806 TI sold at $274,751. (credit: Antiquorum)

Boasting a bold 43mm round titanium case, this Grande Complication from Audemars Piguet’s Jules Audemars collection is an impressive illustration of master watchmaking skills featuring a split-second chronograph, minute repeater, perpetual calendar and moon phase. Circa 2002.

Rolex Ref. 6241

Cosmograph Daytona “Paul Newman” 14k Gold

Sold: $367,625

Estimate: $200,000 – 300,000

Rolex Ref. 6241
One of the most highly sought-after collectibles from Rolex is the Cosmograph Daytona, nicknamed the “Paul Newman”.

One of the most highly sought-after collectibles from Rolex is the Cosmograph Daytona, nicknamed the “Paul Newman”. This particular rare vintage Rolex watch model in 14k yellow gold is a real beauty with its two-tone champagne and black dial, black tachometer graduation on the bezel and riveted Oyster bracelet and was sold above its highest estimate. Circa 1969.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5033/100P

Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar Platinum & Diamond

Sold: $700,422

Estimate: $550,000 – 750,000

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Patek Philippe Ref. 5033/100P sold at $700,422 (credit: Antiquorum)

The highlight of the auction was the extremely rare Patek Philippe Ref. 5033 Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar in platinum with diamonds, double sealed. Its Art Deco tonneau-shaped case is set with 98 baguette diamonds and this coveted timepiece fetched the highest price at the auction at $700,422. Circa 2011.

Paul Altieri