Rare vintage A. Lange & Söhne and Patek Philippe pieces head to auction in Vienna


More than 200 lots will go under the hammer at Dorotheum’s upcoming luxury watch auction online and in a Vienna saleroom.

Around half of the fine timepieces are from a single collector, who has acquired the most unusual pieces from the most exquisite brands.

Stars of the Dorotheum auction, which takes place on December 3 at 1pm CET, include:

An A. Lange & Söhne Tourbillon Pour le Mérite in platinum from around 1995 is the top piece in the collection and auction.

The model was produced between 1994 and 1998 in an edition of only 150 pieces, 50 of which were in platinum. Because of its highly complicated technology, this watch is one of the most sought-after models for collectors produced by Lange & Söhne (estimate €200,000 – 300,000).

From Patek Philippe, the auction presents a chronograph from around 1942 that has a stop function with the reference 130.

It is considered a classic chronograph: about 1500 were produced between 1936 and 1964 (estimate € 40,000 – 60,000).

A model with the reference 3970 E from around 1994 will be up for auction with the same estimate.

Because of the special shape of the lugs, the Patek Philippe chronograph with the reference 1579 from around 1950 is also called “Spider Lugs”.

This absolute rarity was sold on 12 December 1951. It enjoys great popularity to this day, partly because of its relatively large diameter of 36 mm (estimate € 70,000 – 110,000).

No auction would be complte with out a Patek Philippe Nautilus Jumbo (reference 3700/1), the perfect expression of Gérald Genta design.

Patek Philippe Nautilus reference 3700/1, c. 1977/78, estimate € 30,000–50,000.

This model, made between 1976 and 1982, (estimate €30,000 – 50,000) was water resistant up to 120 meters.

The auction still offers many well-known watch brands, including IWC Schaffhausen, Rolex, Omega, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet and a Jaeger Le Coultre Reverso Tourbillon with glass back, which was produced in a limited edition of only 500 pieces.

Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Tourbillon, ref. 270.2.6 c. 1993, estimate € 24,000–36,000.

Live auction with live bidding

Auction date     3 December 2021, starting at 1pm
Viewing starts   13 November 2021
Venue  Palais Dorotheum, Dorotheergasse 17, 1010 Vienna



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