In the final month of 2013, the main action moved to New York, when major watch auctions are concerned. Three of the major auction houses – Sotheby’s, Antiquorum and Christie’s – organized the bidding for rare and impressive timekeepers and managed to score very impressive results. Cumulatively, all three auctions featured timekeepers which were sold for over 24 million dollars. Most of the sum, more than its half was attracted at the final sale in the organization of Christies. Individually, the absolutely highest amount was paid for Rolex Reference 8171 Padellone which was the only one whose final price was over a million – exactly $1,145,000. This was the record highest price for the most sought-after version of the specific model of Rolex which includes a perpetual calendar feature.
The “silver medal”, when it comes to the December auctions in New York, was snatched by Patek Philippe Reference 5207 which includes three major complications: a tourbillon, a minute repeater and a perpetual calendar. This model was paid hefty $843,750. The third highest paid timekeeper was another model by Patek Philippe – Reference 3974 which got $795,750. This model likewise has a minute repeater and a perpetual calendar which are in this instance complemented with automatic winding.
When observing the manufacturers of the highest priced timekeepers that were sold at the New York Auctions, it is clear that the highest amounts of money were gained for Patek Philippe models. Apart from the seven-figured Rolex at the very top and the sixth placed Richard Mille ultra light model made for its ambassador Rafael Nadal, all of the top ten highest priced watches in December were made by Patek Philippe.
New York December Auctions – Ten Highest Paid Watches (the ninth and the tenth positioned models are tied with the same final price)
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