Silverstone hosts sale for car-loving horologists


Vintage watches from Rolex, Heuer Carrera, Graham, Cartier and Omega are among 60 rare watches going under the hammer at the Silverstone Classic Sale at the end of the month.

The Silverstone Classic Sale, which focuses on watches with an automotive association, is run by Silverstone Auctions, a business formed in 2011 by Nick Whale and Silverstone Circuits that specialises in auctions classic cars and related memorabilia.

Star of the auction will be a Rolex Explorer 2 ‘Steve McQueen’ model 1655 with orange hand, with a pre-sale estimate of between £9,000 to £11,000.

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Presented with box, booklet and original receipt, the case is 40mm stainless steel, while the black dial has a racing baton hour and minute markers with white luminous hands and the striking orange 24 hour hand.

Other Rolex’s include an 18ct gold Oyster Perpetual Date, estimated at between £4,500 to £6,500 and a rare 14ct yellow gold Oyster Perpetual Date, estimated at between £3,500 to £4,500.

Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said: “Our lifestyle collection is a great opportunity for watch collectors and aficionados to view or acquire a wide variety of rare and desirable watches in one location.

“While some of the watches are expected to reach significant figures, there’s still plenty on offer for those looking to secure a collectable timepiece for a more modest sum.”

As well as the watches, the lifestyle collection includes fine wines, exquisite vintage jewellery and stylish leather goods. The lifestyle auction at Silverstone circuit acts as a curtain raiser to the classic car and race car sale, also hosted by Silverstone Auctions on the same day.


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