Ken Kessler sends 14 watches to Bonhams for November auction

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Ken Kessler is selling 14 watches from his private collection at the next Bonhams auction, which takes place on November 21.

Mr Kessler is a well-known watch collector and journalist who has written for decades about watches for titles ranging from Playboy to the Wall Street Journal.

Key pieces from Mr Kessler’s collection include examples of military issue wristwatches by houses such as Omega, Timor and Smiths. A military issue stainless steel manual wind wristwatch from Omega is expected to achieve £1,500-2,000.

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Omega. A military issue stainless steel manual wind wristwatch Ref: 2777-1 SC, Circa 1953 (£1,500-2,000)

Omega. A military issue stainless steel manual wind wristwatch Ref: 2777-1 SC, Circa 1953 (£1,500-2,000)

 

The auction has a total of 275 lots ranging from a Johnson, Grays Inn Passage open face pocket watch to a Tag Heuer black DLC coated stainless steel and titanium automatic calendar chronograph wristwatch.

Johnson, Grays Inn Passage gold, enamel and seed pearl set key wind open face pocket watch with £1,500-2,000 estimate.

Johnson, Grays Inn Passage gold, enamel and seed pearl set key wind open face pocket watch with £1,500-2,000 estimate.

A Lemania stainless steel manual wind single button chronograph wristwatch Circa 1950 has an estimate of £1,500-2,000.

A Lemania stainless steel manual wind single button chronograph wristwatch Circa 1950 has an estimate of £1,500-2,000.

A large range of imposing and striking pieces inspired by the world of motoring will also feature in the sale. The Tag Heuer Grand Carrera Calibre 36 is a black DLC coated stainless steel automatic calendar chronograph wristwatch with caliper scale reading (£1,500-2,000).

From Chopard, there is an elegant Grand Prix de Monaco Historique stainless steel automatic calendar chronograph wristwatch (£1,500-2,000) and from Tag Heuer, the SLR Calibre S for Mercedes Benz will cross the rostrum with an estimate of £800-1,200.

TAG Heuer black DLC coated stainless steel automatic calendar chronograph is expected to sell for £1,500-2,000.

TAG Heuer black DLC coated stainless steel automatic calendar chronograph is expected to sell for £1,500-2,000.

Other highlights include:

  • Omega Seamaster. A stainless steel military style automatic Seamaster (£4,000-6,000)
  • Heuer Autavia. A stainless steel automatic calendar chronograph wristwatch (£3,000-4,000)
  • Patek Phliippe. An 18K white gold automatic bracelet watch (£2,800-3,200)
  • Corum Golden Bridge. An unusual 18K gold manual wind semi-skeletonised straight line wristwatch (£3,000-4,000)

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