If you’ve got a watch that’s just sitting around and you’re thinking of getting an upgrade, or if you happen across a rare piece, how do you know what’s a good price for it? Well, the short answer is you need to take it to an expert who is experienced with watch sales and auctions who can take a detailed look at it. And there are few experts more experienced than major luxury watch auction house Antiquorum’s own specialists. The best way to start that process is to take your watch to one of Antiquorum’s luxury wristwatch auction valuation days.
The next opportunity for you to have your watch valued by an expert with Antiquorum is in March. The experts on hand will be Julien Schaerer for the London event in One Aldwych Hotel on March 22, while over in Paris at the earlier event on March 15 it will be Jérôme Lemoine in Romain Rea’s shop. Both men have over 20 years of experience in horology and are the heads of Antiquorum’s Geneva and Paris offices respectively. There are very few with safer hands and more industry knowledge.
They’ll sit down with your watch and examine its every facet before providing an auction estimate. Important elements include the watch’s overall condition, the history of the model and the watch’s specific provenance including documentation. It’s then up to you whether you go ahead and put the watch up for auction, take that valuation and look to sell directly or keep it.
If you do decide to auction it with Aniquorum, what can you expect? Obviously, we don’t know what watch you have so you’ll have to attend the valuation days to find out precise details for yourself. However, we can have a look at some watches that were sold at recent auctions and see how well they performed to give you a rough guideline (all prices converted to GBP).
Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 16600
One name that you can be certain will perform well at auction no matter the occasion is Rolex. And while it might be the incredibly elusive Oman references that are auction headliners even their regular timepieces generate plenty of anticipation. One such watch is this Rolex Sea-Dweller circa 1990 that was sold in January this year. It’s a pretty classic example of the watch with a steel case, black diving bezel and matching black dial. In terms of quality, it’s still in good condition despite the occasional scratch and nick on the bezel and lugs that show it has been well loved.
Estimate: £8,345-£12,500. Sold for: £11,930
Omega Speedmaster Professional Ref. ST105.012
Vintage Omegas are also a staple of luxury watch auctions and the standouts are always Speedmasters. There’s something so evocative about the Moonwatch that gives them an edge when being sold. However, this particular example is from the mid-1960s so it actually pre-dates the famous 1969 trip to the moon that earned the model the Moonwatch moniker. But it still features all the elements that make it iconic, a tachymeter bezel and tricompax chronograph layout.
Estimate: £4,175-£8,345. Sold for: £10,630.
Panerai Radiomir Titanium Ref. PAM00309
The other category of watches that perform particularly well at auction aside from vintage pieces and classic designs are limited editions. This Panerai Radiomir was produced in a limited edition of 150 pieces in 2008 with a titanium case housing the manual wind OP XXVII calibre base Minerva 16-17. It’s a great example of the design, which is Panerai’s modern take on the original Italian frogmen timepiece. There’s always a member of the Paneristi waiting to add a vintage watch to their collection.
Estimate: £8,000-£16,950. Sold for: £12,950
More details at Antiquorum.