The exceptionally rare platinum perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, ref. 2499/100, manufactured by Patek Philippe in 1987 and offered from the collection of the British guitarist Eric Clapton, sold for SFr. 3,443,000 / $3,635,808 / €2,857,690, setting a world record price for this reference at auction in Geneva's Christie's. An anonymous bidder from Asia is the new owner of this 25 year old Patek Philippe watch. Clapton bought the watch in 1989. Just before he bought it, the watch was already for sale on an auction for 250.999 dollar / 197.000 euro's. From who Clapton bought it after this auction, is unknown.
Clapton's watch was not the bestseller of the auction at Christies. The top price of the sale was paid for the ‘J.B. Champion Platinum Observatory Chronometer’, a unique platinum chronometer wristwatch, ref. 2458, which was specially manufactured by Patek Philippe for J.B. Champion, the legendary American watch collector, in 1952. This historically important timepiece realized SFr.3,779,000 / $3,990,624 / €3,136,570, setting a world auction record for a watch without complications.
World Record for rare Rolex
In the meanwhile, at another famous auction house, a new world record is made. During Antiquorum's November auction of 'Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces' held on Sunday, November 11 at the Mandarin Oriental in Geneva, the extremely rare Rolex Single Red Prototype, Ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller Submariner, is sold for an astouning CHF 490,900, more than 400% of its pre-sales estimates. It is the highest price ever paid for a Rolex sport watch and for a Sea-Dweller.