Patek Philippe collectors should have their credit cards ready for this month’s Bonhams Fine Watches and Wristwatches sale on June 21.
The start lot is a platinum Patek Philippe manual wind split second chronograph wristwatch with perpetual calendar and moon phase. It has an estimate of £120,000-180,000.
Only 12 of the grand complication piece, reference 5004P, are thought to have been made before they were discontinued in 2009.
Blancpain is also represented at the Bond Street, London, sale with a platinum automatic tourbillon minute repeater with perpetual calendar, split second chronograph, moonphase and power reserve.
The timepiece, made up of 800 components, took watchmaker Vincent Beccia 18 months to make, according to Bonhams. It has a pre-sale estimate of £100,000-150,000.
Also from Blancpain, and, Bonhams suggests, one of the most beautiful watches offered in the sale, is a fine and rare 18k gold manual wind carousel wristwatch with sapphire movement plates (£40,000-60,000). The transparent sapphire plates expose the elegant simplicity of the movement within, highlighting the outstanding level of finish typically associated with the Swiss house.
From Rolex, a rare stainless steel automatic centre seconds diver’s bracelet watch made for Comex is estimated at £40,000-60,000.
The original owner used the watch extensively during a 15-year period of diving all over the world. Comex presented him with the watch to celebrate his 10 years of service, and the lot is accompanied by a range of diving related material including rare photographs of the diver (and watch) at work in the North Sea.
There is also a fine and rare Roles stainless steel manual wind chronograph bracelet watch Cosmograph Daytona ‘Paul Newman’, circa 1970, estimated at £70,000-90,000.
Other highlights include a Jaeger-LeCoultre rare stainless steel manual wind gyromax multi-axis spherical tourbillon wristwatch with a 50 hour power reserve and 24 hour indication, circa 2009, estimated at £80,000-120,000.