If you want to find a well-priced vintage watch, go to auction. Oh, you could go to a proper dealer of course but you can expect a hefty premium and who wants that? At the same time, trawling through every nearby auction is far too much effort. Instead, Bid on This groups every local auction into one place, allowing you to easily browse and bid on lots. They have plenty of auctions that you’d have to travel hours to go to in person, allowing you to really find some deals.
To prove the point, here are some of the most interesting lots from an upcoming watch auction at Stacey’s Auctioneers in Essex.
Lot 3651: Cartier Tank Americaine
As the Tank ushers in its 100th anniversary, get yourself a piece of the horological action with this contemporary version in rose gold. It’s an unusual model, especially with a white dial and still retains all the classic features of the iconic watch. With a £4,000 estimate, it could also be a steal.
Lot 3647: Graham Chronofighter Flyback Chronograph
You either love or hate Graham’s signature Chronofighter. The oversized crown guard isn’t exactly subtle and with the DLC finish makes for one striking timepiece. If you’re the one that happens to love it however, you might be able to get it for around a sixth of the original 12k price tag.
Lot 3640: Girard-Perregaux SeaHawk
If you know Girard-Perregaux from their classic haute horology you may have overlooked their intensely modern SeaHawk collection. The unique slanted crown and unusual dial finish make it one of the most contemporary watches GP has ever made; not bad for a £1,500 estimate.
Lot 3644: OMEGA Seamaster Cosmic
One of the vintage designs OMEGA has yet to replicate, this charming piece shows just how great a deal you can get at auction. With an estimate of £350 any Seamaster is phenomenal, but the oval case of the Cosmic is one of the more unusual out there.
Lot 3646: Universal Genève Golden Shadow
This is an example of the kind of pieces you can only ever find at auction. It might not be from one of the big watch maisons, but it’s still a perfect vintage dress watch. The 18kt gold case shows a little wear, but no more than you’d expect from age, giving it an intriguing personality for £600.