Bonhams brings together rare complications for August’s Fine Watches Sale


It would not be a curation of rare complications without Patek Philippe heading the bill, but Bonhams has cast its search wider for Switzerland’s most sophisticated timekeepers for its Fine Watches sale on August 5 where Vacheron Constantin and Rolex will fight for attention.

“We are very excited for this sale as it features a wide selection of ultra-desirable watches with rare and exceptional complications. Many of the watches offered are rarely seen at auction, and all are highly sought after by collectors. A number of the watches in this sale are truly a testament to the elevation of watchmaking into a striking art form – small yet powerful devices, which do amazing things,” says Jonathan Darracott, global head of Bonhams Watch Department.


Extremely complex minute repeaters and perpetual calendars are sold alongside watches with lesser ambitions, but Bonhams points out that a watch’s complication refers to any feature in a mechanical timepiece beyond the display of hours, minutes and seconds.

That allows a rare Rolex Day-Date in gold to be sold alongside a 40th Anniversary Patek Philippe Nautilus.

Star of the auction is a rare Patek Philippe perpetual calendar with moon phase, day/night and leap year indication.

Highlights of the Bonhams Fine Watches Auction on August 5 include:


Vacheron Constantin. An Exceptionally Fine Platinum Manual Wind Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch With Tourbillon and Power Reserve to Reverse Traditionnelle, Ref: 80172, Recent. Estimate: £200,000 – 250,000.
Patek Philippe. A Very Fine and Extremely Rare Platinum Manual Wind Perpetual Calendar Split Second Single Button Chronograph Wristwatch with Moon Phase, Day/night and Leap Year Indication. Ref: 5951p, Manufactured 2010. Estimate: £200,000 – 250,000.
Patek Philippe. A Fine and Extremely Rare Stainless-Steel Manual Wind Split Second Single Button Chronograph. Ref: 5950a, Purchased 16th November 2011. Estimate: £180,000 – 220,000.
Patek Philippe. A Very Fine and Rare Factory Sealed Limited Edition Anniversary 18k White Gold Automatic Calendar Flyback Chronograph Bracelet Watch With Diamond Set Dial, 40th Anniversary Nautilus, Ref: 5976/1g-001, Purchased 12th June 2017. Estimate: £170,000 – 220,000.
Patek Philippe. A Fine and Rare Factory Sealed 18k White Gold Automatic Wristwatch With Cloisonne Enamel Transatlantic Ocean Liner Dial Calatrava ‘ocean Liner’, Ref: 5089g-026, Purchased 24th August 2016. Estimate: £65,000 – 100,000.
Rolex. A Fine and Rare 18k Gold Automatic Calendar Bracelet Watch With Orange Lacquered ‘stella’ Dial and Green Khanjar With Historical Provenance, Day-date, Ref: 18038, Circa 1982. Estimate: £25,000 – 35,000.
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