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Auctions One Sale, Two White Gold Pateks: The 2526 And 3448 At Christie’s

The way individuals sell watches has changed a great deal in 2020, even at the exceptionally top of the line. Phillips has demonstrated to have a strong retail business in its Perpetual platform, helmed by the great James Marks, however they also keep on committing, organize, and market watches into flagship sales in the major markets of Geneva, Hong Kong, and New York. The outcomes demonstrate that the best watches will keep on bringing exceptional costs, and Paul Boutros’ “Racing Pulse” sale one month from now will be one any watch sweetheart will be anticipating, regardless of on the off chance that they plan to offer or not.

The other two major players in auctions, Christie’s and Sotheby’s, have taken various tacks, and are currently running regular (week after week, really) sales online in the auction platform, even here and there running various sales from various workplaces at the same time. As I compose this, for example, you have the alternative of offering on watches in no less than five distinctive Sotheby’s watch auctions , with the choice to see, yet not offer on, a 6th. You’re also told of a seventh and eighth watch sale, yet you can’t view or offer just yet.


Sotheby’s is currently in the habit of forcing several online watches sales to leave various workplaces with various start and finishing dates.

I don’t specify this as a bad idea at all – Sotheby’s keeps on selling watches well here, yet as somebody who loves watch auctions and all the drama that they include, it’s hard to keep up. Christie’s lays somewhere close to Phillips and Sotheby’s in that, over the late spring, they incorporated several top of the line watches in a larger multi-category sale, will have the annual December NY sale online just, however will have a live auction for their Important Watches sale in Hong Kong coming up on November 28th. With all this scattered signaling around some generally excellent and some extremely average watches available to be purchased, it’s easy to miss the fact that some exceptional watches may be advertised. And that’s the reason we’re here today.

Patek Philippe 3448 In White Gold


Christie’s has burned through the vast majority of its ink talking about the “Ruby Collection” of Patek Philippes, which surely incorporates a reference 3448 in yellow gold with ruby dial . I’ve never seen another and it’s no uncertainty an exceptionally cool thing. It’s important to take note of that the watch is from 1965, however the dial was made and installed by Patek in 1990. Clearly the work was accomplished for a vital customer and what’s significantly cooler, the bezel has been factory adjusted to account for the raised ruby hour markers. Cool, yet not the 3448 I’m generally amped up for. All things considered, our colleagues in Japan did a decent photograph report on the assortment here . No, the part that comes only four preceding is another 3448, however it’s in white gold. And it looks absolutely stunning.

Christie’s has worked really hard showing all the bits of the 3448 an astute gatherer would search for – including the underside of the dial, where you can see the matching development number hand engraved.

The 3448 is perhaps the most wearable and, as far as I might be concerned, beautiful vintage Patek Philippes at any point made. It is large in diameter – complicated, yet self-winding. It was Patek’s first self-winding perpetual calendar and is a completely current vintage watch, in the most amazing aspect ways. It is also one of only a handful few complicated vintage watches made by Patek at any point to be cased from the factory in white gold.

The 3448 white offered by Christie’s in Hong Kong will most likely stand out enough to be noticed of many genuine collectors.

They are watches that are adored by genuine gatherers the world over, and to locate any 3448 in white gold is a serious feat. To discover one in apparently powerful and original condition is something different totally. These watches have sat around the $500,000 mark for a long time now, however when a superlative example comes to market, anything is conceivable. In June 2019, Christie’s sold what I thought was the absolute best example of a 3448 white I’d at any point seen. They sold it for $1.155 million against an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000. Christie’s, for this example, states it is one of about 50 known, one of only 25 of the principal arrangement style watch. And past that, they say that this is likely extraordinary compared to other three known examples on the planet. They proceed to give such detail about the main arrangement dials, for example, the fact that early dials feature engraved, enameled engravings and scales – where just the “Swiss” at the base is black painted – a neat little way to know whether you’re taking a gander at an early or late 3448. The dial, on the rear, reads “1119045”, which, on the off chance that you take a gander at the extract, is the watch’s development number. Christie’s has worked really hard giving watchers a gander at all the vital bits of a 3448 that one would want to see, in the event that they were thinking about paying a world record cost for a watch. Which, coincidentally, is exactly what Christie’s is proposing this watch warrants with an estimate of $932,864 – $1,554,774.

Front and rear perspectives on the mind boggling Caliber 27 460 Q.

I won’t speak to how this watch compares to the watch that sold in June 2019 because, while I saw that one in the metal, I’ve not had a chance to see this one face to face. I will say it looks magnificent, and however the white gold bracelet was not brought into the world on the watch, it fits it quite well and adds to the charm of the watch. Obviously, you can take it off the white gold Patek bracelet and wear it any way you want. The 3448 white has for some time been a personal grail of mine, and I botched the opportunity to possess one, yet that makes me no less a fan of seeing these beautiful, great quality watches coming to market. To discover more about this 3448 perpetual calendar available at Christie’s Hong Kong on November 28, click here .

Patek Philippe 2526 In White Gold With Confirmed Enamel Dial

2526 white gold with an affirmed enamel dial? Indeed, please.

In exactly the same sale exists another sacred goal of vintage Patek gathering – a 2526 in white gold. See, I will not give you the entire routine about why I love the 2526 so much again – on the off chance that you want it, here’s 5,000 words on it from four and a half years ago . In summary, it features likely the best self-winding development at any point created, perhaps the most beautiful case shapes, and, when fortunate, a superior enamel dial. Any 2526 is great; white metal is the dream. I’m sufficiently fortunate to have had the option to purchase one many years ago and it remains probably the best watch to come through my hands. However, understanding the nuance of white metal 2526s requires some scholarship unto itself. The majority of white metal 2526s, of which we are aware of under 50, between both platinum and white gold, featured metal dials with diamond files. I happen to adore those as well, as sort of a hyper extravagant, peak of 1950s style kind of thing. Recall this mind blowing Serpico Y Laino white gold watch with diamond markers that sold for $325,000 in 2017 ? What a thing.

The enamel dial of the 2526 being offered by Christie’s HK this week.

I’m not saying the enamel dials are preferred in any capacity over the metal dials – an argument could be made for the inverse: that metal dials make them far more daily-wearable. That’s an argument I would purchase. In any case, I will say the enamel dial watches simply feel more special to me. Because who else was doing an enamel dial on a period just watch back at that point? Further to finding a 2526 in platinum or white gold, you should attempt to discover one that features an extract affirming the enamel dial was actually brought into the world in that watch. Patek did, for a period, offer the chance to swap dials. Past that, a few watches that were brought into the world with enamel dials may not profit by extracts that unequivocally say thus, and is not exactly ideal (yet not bad). Even further, because the 2526’s dial has become so lauded, there exists a choice of a new enamel dial made to replace those that have broken. We ran a story on this assistance in October of 2016 .

The strong 18k rotor obstructs an inconceivably finely completed self-twisting development in the 2526.

The parcel note from Christie’s here gives you the details of what makes a white gold 2526 so special. “Around 2400 pieces were made in yellow gold, 360 in pink gold, 70 in white gold and 70 in platinum. According to research, although the same quantity were made of each in white gold and platinum, the white gold rendition is actually rarer than the platinum cased form today. Just around 20 white gold examples have been so far found whereas 24 platinum watches are currently known freely.” They don’t specify the number of those 20 found have enamel dials versus metallic, however one has to assume not exactly half, making this a rare find, for sure, with the extract affirming it was conceived enamel and no obvious cracks to the dial.

Christie’s has again made a decent showing the various things of the watch that any 2526 gatherer would want to see, including the caliber, within the caseback, and more. What’s fascinating is that, at least from review on the web, neither the 2526 nor the 3448 have any help markings within their casebacks. That’s something great for an originality freak. The estimate here is $310,955 to $414,606. This is a ton of cash, clearly, yet it’s hard to put a cost on something this rare. I can’t recall the last time a white gold 2526 with affirmed enamel dial came on the market freely –  I’m not certain one has since I’ve been around. More than five years ago, we saw a decent platinum example sell at Phillips for $227,000 , however it’s hard to utilize something from half-a-decade ago as a comp. From that point forward, t he diamond dial referenced above sold for $325,000 in 2017 , and the remarkable platinum, Tiffany marked watch got $642,000 more than 30 months ago – those are the two excellent examples of white metal 2526s to sell inside the last five years.

No matter the outcome of the sale, after twelve years of doing this, I’m essentially excited to see watches that are truly energizing actually coming to market. You can read more about this Patek Philippe 2526 white gold here .

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