Our 10 highlights from the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction
Taking place on Sunday 15 May in Geneva, the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction Three features a diverse selection of superb watches, from hallowed Rolexes to a near-unobtainable Omega.
If the combination of small, unguarded crown and beguiling aged ‘tropical’ dial of the 1958 Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner (est. 25,000-50,000 CHF) – Tudor’s first purpose-built diver’s watch and, incidentally, a clear inspiration for the brand’s latest Heritage Black Bay model – doesn’t enchant you, perhaps the elegant 1953 yellow-gold Omega Synchrobeat will? One of only 17 believed to remain after the notoriously unreliable model was recalled and destroyed or broken for parts, it’s estimated at an according 15,000-25,000 CHF. We almost mistook the 1953 Rolex Turn-O-Graph (12,000-18,000 CHF) for an early Omega Seamaster thanks to its extra-thin bezel, while the very early A-Series Audemars Piguet Royal Oak featuring the ‘Khanjar’ daggers of Oman (60,000-100,000 CHF) on its dial would certainly make for a memorable present. You can find the full catalogue for the sale – and that for the preceding Start Stop Reset sale – listed in the Classic Driver Market.