The top lot of the sale, a rare manual wind chronograph Rolex wristwatch circa 1971 received much international interest and after enthusiastic bidding sold for £90,050, exceeding the presale estimate of £40,000 – 50,000. First appearing in the 1960s the ‘exotic’ dial was renamed the ‘Paul Newman’ by Italian collectors after the American actor wore the watch in promotional posters for the film ‘Winning’.
A second Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ Oyster chronograph circa 1971 that was also fresh to the auction market sold for £79,250. Realizing over double its presale estimate of £8,000 – 12,000, an 18ct white gold diamond set Rolex Daytona wristwatch sold for £30,000.
An unusual Cartier ‘Crash’ wristwatch realised £20,000, exceeding the presale estimate of £2,000 -3,000. Released by Cartier of London in the 1960s, the unusual shape was inspired by a car crash involving a Vice President from the London office. His Cartier Bagoire Alongee melted in the wreckage, resulting in a surrealist watch design in the manner of Salvador Dali.
Other top lots included a Paiget Polo Automatique, white gold diamond set bracelet watch that sold for £79,250 and an 18 carat rose gold, diamond set Paiget Altiplano ‘Double Jeu’ that sold for £19,375.
Unusual highlights included a rare Steineck ABC, stainless steel camera watch that sold for £875. The Steineck camera watch was one of the most popular spy camera wristwatches during the 1940s and 1950s. The film was loaded onto the back of the watch and secured by a rotating disk and the release trigger was designed to be subtly pressed at ‘9’.