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Top Lots from the Upcoming Dreweatts Fine Watches Auction, Including A Rare Omega Speedmaster Apollo XI

Rolex Daytona 'Inverted 6' Ref. 16520

Lot 470: Rolex Daytona ‘Inverted 6’ Ref. 16520 – Estimated price: £12,000 – £18,000 | Image credit: Dreweatts Fine Watches Auction 

While there has been a flurry of watch auctions in Geneva recently, the spiritual home of watchmaking, that doesn’t mean you have to travel all the way to Switzerland to pick up superb second-hand timepieces. Here in the UK we have our fair share of rare watch auctions too, and one of the most exciting is the imminent Dreweatts Fine Watches Auction on November 24th.

Why is it so exciting? Well, to put it briefly, almost every watch that’s being sold is a household name or grail watch. These are serious collectors pieces and they’re comparably attainable, only in the tens of thousands as opposed to the hundreds of thousands you’d find at Christies or Phillips. And they all come from a single collector, so you know they’ve been looked after properly.

1969 Omega Speedmaster Apollo XI (ref. 145022/669)

Lot 446: 1969 Omega Speedmaster Apollo XI Ref. 145022/669 – Estimated price: £25,000 – £35,000

The flagship lot, lot 446, is a c.1969 Omega Speedmaster Apollo XI (ref. 145022/669) in gold. To put that into context, Apollo XI is the spaceflight that first put Man on the moon and it happened in… 1969. So, this is the Moonwatch from the year in which the most significant moon related event in history happened. That makes it pretty rare and more than collectible. Estimate £25,000 – £35,000.

2020 Rolex Submariner ‘Hulk’ ref. 116610LV
2020 Rolex Submariner ‘Hulk’ ref. 116610LV

Lot 474: Rolex Submariner ‘Hulk’ Ref. 116610LV – Estimated price: £8,000 – £12,000

Jumping from one of the oldest vintage watches in the auction to one of the newest and we find a 2020 Rolex Submariner ‘Hulk’ (ref. 116610LV). It is to the Submariner what the ‘Pepsi Cola’ is to the GMT Master II, i.e. the must have, pinnacle version. The combination of stainless steel case, green bezel and classic diver aesthetics is iconic. In fact, so iconic that it was the subject of the first NFT I saw when that trend was kicking off last summer, which just goes to show its desirability because people are willing to spend big bucks on an imaginary version of it. Estimate £8,000 – £12,000.

2019 Patek Philippe Aquanaut (ref. 5167/1A-001)
2019 Patek Philippe Aquanaut (ref. 5167/1A-001)

Lot 475: Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 5167/1A-001 – Estimated price: £15,000 – £25,000

Next up and potentially my favourite lot so far is a 2019 Patek Philippe Aquanaut (ref. 5167/1A-001). I like it because it’s not a Nautilus, which is the watch that everyone jumps to when they think about desirable Pateks. The Aquanaut has all the same sports luxe good looks, especially in stainless steel with a black dial, but also has an air of coolness because it isn’t part of the fever pitch Nautilus hype. If you want proof of its coolness, rock legend Paul McCartney has one. Estimate £15,000 – £25,000.

Those are our top three picks but there are plenty more gems to be uncovered. A Patek Philippe platinum perpetual calendar Ref. 3970EP-019 with dated box and papers, a Panerai Luminor Marina and that auction favourite, a Rolex Daytona ref. 16520, with Mark III inverted 6 dial.

The live auction will be taking place on November 24th and a second online auction, featuring yet more watches from the same collector, will take place on November 25th. You can find out more information about the Dreweatts Fine Watches Auction here, or if you want to check out the online auction directly you can do so at Dreweatts’ website.

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