According to the Watch House, on May 11, 2014, the Antiochouren precious timepiece auction successfully ended. The total turnover of 293 lots in this auction was 5,352,850 Swiss francs (about RMB 37,484,943 Yuan), among which the Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 million calendar chronograph set a world-class auction record. After fierce competition among 10 bidders, it finally sold for 465,750 Swiss francs, more than double the estimate. Another Patek Philippe Ref.5016, which received much attention from collectors, was sold at 663,750 Swiss francs, making it the highest-selling lot in this auction.
Other antique watches such as Rolex also performed well in this auction. Ref.6241 Paul Newman watch was highly competitive and eventually sold for 117,750 Swiss francs. Another Ref. 6538 James Bond model also surpassed the highest estimate and was sold for 87,500 Swiss francs.
The reason why Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 can be sold at such a high price is itself a rare legend. Many people in the industry have said that in fact, the timepieces that can fully reflect Patek Philippe’s watchmaking technology are often produced a few years ago. Here, it is not just that it means that the year was not so popular Watches, at the same time, movements of that era tend to be closer to aesthetics.
Therefore, it is no accident that this Ref. 2499 can become the king of this auction. The perpetual calendar function with moon phase display, plus timing, should be regarded as a very complicated category. The left and right small dials are also deliberately sunken. In fact, Ref. 2499 was put into production to replace its predecessor, Ref. 1518. The diameter of the watch was slightly enlarged. It was not until the appearance of Ref. 3970 in 1985 that the watch was officially announced. This is the historical heritage of Patek Philippe. Each of its watches can be traced back to its history and has a successor.
The 13-order CRR movement adopts the hand-winding mode, which also ensures that the movement can be appreciated to the greatest extent, and the arc is widely used in the design of the splint. This is why the author expressed his appreciation for Ref . 2499 achievements in aesthetic accomplishments. The transaction price of more than 370,000 US dollars, even if inflation is included, is a good appreciation.
Gold watches have always been an element of high-end products in the watch industry. After all, making watches with precious metal materials is an important indicator for each brand to position its product line. Any complicated watch will be represented by precious metals. Someone once joked that the ‘starter’ mentality of gold watches only prevails in the Mainland. In fact, otherwise, gold watches still have works close to art, and they can be accepted worldwide.