Top Lots at Fellow’s The Watch Sale (November 26, 2019)

With Fellows’ next watch auction on the horizon it’s once again time to delve into the myriad lots to select the ones that should be on your watch list. This time it’s all about the classic icons, with some of the most important watches ever built on offer. Better yet, you can pick them up for pretty decent prices.

Let’s take a look…

1. Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner, est. £5,000 – £8,000

Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner

Prices for vintage Tudors have shot up in recent years and don’t look to be slowing any time soon. If you want to get on the Rolex sibling’s hype train then, now’s the time to do it. The Submariner is particularly important, seeing as between Tudor and Rolex, it laid the foundations of just about every diving watch out there. Forget the current trend for retro divers; this is the real deal, and in fantastic condition, too.

More details here.

2. Heuer Carrera Chronograph, est. £8,000 – £12,000

Heuer Carrera Chronograph

Before there was TAG, there was Heuer, with the eponymous Mr. Jack Heuer at its helm. The Carrera was arguably the first racing watch and was the watchmaker’s opus, a 35mm, tachymeter-equipped chronograph. Here it is in all it’s glory in the incredibly popular reverse panda dial – black dial, white subdials. It’s not quite a Daytona, but among automotive watch fans it has just as much cache – and not everyone has one.

More details here.

3. A. Lange & Söhne WW2 German Military Issue Pilot Wristwatch, est. £7,000 – £10,000

A. Lange & Söhne WW2 German Military Issue Pilot Wristwatch,

They might specialist in haute horology in precious metals and exquisite finishing, but like many a watchmaker of the era, A Lange & Sohne were recruited to make some functional tool watches for pilots. This is one of the few survivors, built around 1942 to a huge template of 55mm. It’s a war veteran from one of the most important names in watchmaking – not to mention a perfect aviation instrument in and of itself.

More details here.

4. Omega Speedmaster “pre-Ed White” Chronograph, est. £8,000 – £12,000

 Omega Speedmaster “pre-Ed White” Chronograph

It’s synonymous with the moon like nothing else, but the Speedmaster was around before it earned the Moonwatch moniker. This is one of those pre-moon – or “pre-Ed” – watches. It has all the hallmakers that have made the Speedmaster an icon, from the tachymeter to the famous white on black dial. It also comes equipped with Omega’s legendary (and newly-introduced) 321 movement.

More details here.

5. Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master, est. £7,500 – £10,000

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master

Is there any more famous colourway than the pepsi cola red and blue of the Rolex GMT? No. No there is not. Rather than the GMT-II with an independently-set hour hand, this earlier version shows two rather than three time zones. The bezel on this particular example – which is all too often chipped – is in perfect condition. Given the Rolex market, it’s also a steal with a starting estimate of £7,500 for a steel sports model.

More details here.

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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