Mondani Web is so happy to present Exclusive Watches Auction by Fortuna.
The Exclusive Watches auction will take place Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 1PM EDT, offering an exciting selection of important vintage and contemporary timepieces. It features a continuation of “A Collector’s Passion: Part 2,” our collaboration with esteemed watch collector, Greg Selch, who has dedicated decades to amassing a collection that is sui generis. Mr. Selch’s passion for the pure history of watchmaking led him beyond the classic offerings of Rolex and Patek Philippe, fostering an appreciation for truly unique timepieces from Omega, Universal Geneve, Zenith, and other leading brands that dominated in the 1960s and 1970s.
May 27–31 from 10AM–5PM
June 1–2 from 12PM–5PM
June 3 from 10AM–5PM
June 4 from 10AM–3PM
In this article, we show you the top lots to give you a preview of some of the best for sale.
ZENITH A. CAIRELLI REF. CP-2 CHRONOGRAPH IN STEEL, Satin black with luminous Arabic hour markers, white printing, large radially printed subregisters, Stainless steel, Tan leather. Dial and hands in excellent condition. Luminous material on dial and hands fully intact, appears original to the watch, and aged to a beautiful creamy color. Case appears to be unpolished and in excellent condition, only a few light scratches on the case and casebackstrap.
Estimate: 10.680,80 €
OMEGA SEAMASTER 300 REF. 165.024 FOR THE BRITISH MILITARY IN STEEL, Matte black dial with luminous wedge-shaped markers, Arabic numerals at the “12, “3,” “6,” and “9” hour markers, white “cat whisker” minute markers, Stainless steel, The twisted lug OMEGA Seamaster 300 was the second generation of OMEGA’s professional diving watch. The case was redesigned to bear a family resemblance to the Speedmaster and to be easier for divers to read underwater with a wide bezel, big hour markers, and signature sword hands. The result was a design classic that put OMEGA on equal footing with Rolex in the dive watch segment. The present example carries the solid bars and W10 designation of an issued British military watch, a bonus for the Seamaster 300 or military collector.
Estimate: 31.152,50 €
ROLEX EXPLORER REF. 1016 WITH “TROPICAL” DIAL IN STEEL, Black with shades of chocolate brown, luminous hour markers with “3”, “6”, and “9” Arabic numerals, Stainless Steel. The Explorer 1016 debuted in 1963 and is most famous for the inclusion of its predecessor on the first summiting of Mount Everest in 1953. Usually the Explorer doesn’t get much fanfare as compared to other, larger Rolex sport watches. But the Explorer excels in one particular area: its dial. All the way back in the early 1950s, Rolex designed the familiar 3/6/9 dial as seen on the Rolex Explorer 1016 because it was legible for quick and crucial time telling under tough conditions. The large amount of tritium on the dial plus the later addition of the big, bold Mercedes hands also enhanced visibility under low light conditions. Collectors pay a huge premium for the famous 3/6/9 dial when found on other Rolex sport watches. The dial of the present example is particularly special and attractive with its “tropical” characteristic — the fact that the dial has started turning a beautiful shade of chocolate brown. This rare attribute makes the present watch quite valuable and a must-have for Rolex sport collectors.
Estimate: 13.351,10 €