Auction Watch -- Fall 2016 Recap

November and December are always busy months for watch auctions, and in Fall 2016 the vintage Heuers were well represented in auctions conduced by Phillips, Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Watches of Knightsbridge.  In this posting, we show the 45 Heuers that were offered in these auctions, together with their “final prices” (comprised of the hammer price plus the applicable buyer’s premium).  In addition, we feature one unusual vintage Skipper, that was sold by Fellows.  For readers who want to do additional research, we provide the links to all the auction catalogs.

The following image shows the six vintage Heuers that sold for the highest amounts at these Fall 2016 auctions.  Prices were as follows: Top Row — Autavia, Ref 2446 (Big Subs), for $125,000; Autavia, Ref 2446 (Rindt), for $43,750; Carrera, Ref 2447 SN, for $40,480.  Bottom Row — Orvis Solunagraph, for $50,600; Autavia, Ref 1163 (Orange Boy), for $50,000; and Autavia Ref 113.603 (IDF-issued), for $63,614.

The following table summarizes the results for the vintage Heuers sold at the major Fall 2016 watch auctions.

Final Price
(local currency)
Final Price (US Dollars)
Phillips — November 12, 2016, Geneva — eCatalog; online catalog
(Prices in CHF; CHF = $1.012)
Lot 18 Carrera 45 Dato, Reference 3147 N 15,000 CHF $15,180
Lot 19 Carrera 12, Reference 2447 SN 40,000 CHF 40,480
Lot 41 Orvis Solunagraph, First Execution 50,000 CHF 50,600
Lot 67 Bundeswehr Chronograph (Sternzeit Reguliert) 18,750 CHF 18,975
 
Christie’s – November 14, 2016, Geneva — online catalog
(Prices in CHF; CHF = $1.012)
Lot 5 Reference 2444 Chronograph 6,875 CHF $6,998
Lot 6 Autavia, Ref 2446C 10,625 CHF 10,814
Lot 7 Autavia, Ref 113.603 (IDF Issued) 62,500 CHF 63,614
Lot 8 Autavia Ref 11630, Silver 6,875 CHF 6,998
Lot 10 Monaco, Ref 1133B withdrawn
Sotheby’s – November 15, 2016, Geneva — online catalog
(Prices in CHF; CHF = $1.001)
Lot 235 Autavia Ref 1163 Viceroy 3,375 CHF $3,375
Lot 236 Reference 3336 N Chronograph 8,750 CHF 8,750
Lot 238 Autavia Ref 1163 Viceroy unsold
Lot 239 Skipper Ref 15640 (Black) 10,625 CHF 10,625
Lot 240 Carrera Ref 73655 CH (Gold Plated) 5,250 CHF 5,250
Lot 241 Triple Calendar Moon Phase 18KG 10,000 CHF 10,000
Lot 242 Bundeswehr Chronograph (3H) – Issued 6,875 CHF 6,875
Lot 243 Bundeswehr Chronograph (3H) – Issued 6,250 CHF 6,250
Watches of Knightsbridge – November 19, 2016 (Prices in GBP; GBP = $1.25)
Lot 110 Autavia Ref 3646; First Case; Second Dial  23,600 GBP $29,500
Lot 111 Autavia Ref 3646; Second Case (“Andretti”)  17,110 GBP 21,387
Lot 112 Autavia Ref 2446; Second Case (“Rindt”)  14,160 GBP 17,700
Lot 113 Autavia Ref 2446C; First Execution  8,260 GBP 10,325
Lot 114 Autavia Ref 11630 MH (Black / Charcoal) 4,720 GBP 5,900
Lot 115 Autavia Ref 1163 Viceroy 2,242 GBP 2,802
Lot 116 Cortina; Cal 12; Black Dial  2,950 GBP 3,687
Lot 117 Carrera Ref 2447 T; First Execution 7,670 GBP 9,587
Lot 118 Carrera Ref 2447 NST 15,340 GBP 19,175
Lot 119 Carrera Ref 2447 S; Second Execution 8,850 GBP 11,062
Lot 121 Reference 12 Chronograph (1970s)  1,062 GBP 1,327
Lot 122 Ref 510.502 Chronograph (Olive Drab) 1,180 GBP 1,475
Lot 123 Bundeswehr Chronograph – Civilian 2,832 GBP 3,540
Lot 124 Bundeswehr Chronograph (3H) – Issued 4,484 GBP 5,605
Lot 125 Carrera Ref 2448 S (gold plated)  2,124 GBP 2,655
Lot 366 Zodiac V72; Panda with Tachymeter Scale  7,552 GBP 9,440
Fellows – November 29, 2016  — online catalog
(Prices in GBP; GBP = $1.25)
Lot 160 Heuer Skipper Reference 7754;
discussed HERE
24,244 GBP $30,305
Christie’s – December 6, 2016, New York City — online catalog
(Prices in U.S. Dollars)
Lot 1 Heuer Solunar $1,875
Lot 2 Abercrombie & Fitch Seafarer (Ref 2443) 32,500
Lot 3 Abercrombie & Fitch Seafarer (Ref 2447) 22,500
Lot 4 Reference 345 (co-branded for Casa Masson) unsold
Lot 5 Carrera Ref 7753 NST 27,500
Lot 6 Carrera Ref 1158 CH 30,000
Lot 7 Autavia Ref 2446, First Execution Case (Big Subs) 125,000
Lot 8 Autavia Ref 2446, Second Execution Case (Rindt) 43,750
Lot 9 Autavia Ref 1163 (Orange Boy) 50,000
Lot 10 Autavia with Test Dial 25,000
Lot 11 Autavia Ref 1163 (Viceroy) 3,000

Jeff Stein
May 12, 2017

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