Our highlights from Phillips’ eighth Hong Kong Watch Auction

On 28 May, Phillips will hold its eighth Hong Kong Watch Auction, offering a fascinating selection of 297 timepieces guaranteed to cater to every horological taste and budget. We’ve perused the catalogue, so you don’t have to…

Whether you’re looking for a crowning piece for your world-class collection or your very first mechanical wristwatch, Phillips’ 297-lot Hong Kong Watch Auction: Eight has got you covered. 

At the sharp end of the catalogue, there are myriad ultra-desirable pieces from Rolex and Patek Philippe, including a ref.5002G in 18-carat white gold – only the second such example to appear in public – estimated at 6.2–12.4m HKD and the finest yellow-gold Cosmograph Daytona ‘Paul Newman’ ref. 6241 currently available anywhere in the world (est. 1.65–3.2m HKD). 

As the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 casts new light on the Omega Speedmaster, so we found two examples of the cult stainless-steel chronograph that we’d love to affix to our wrists: a stunning first-execution ‘Broad Arrow’ from 1958 with the most beguiling patina (480,000–800,000 HKD) and a rare ‘Racing Professional’ from c.1968 (156,000–312,000 HKD). 

The fun and colourful pair of Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ‘Beach’ chronographs – one in baby blue and the other in pink – would surely make for the perfect ‘his and hers’ pieces. They’re both complete with all their corresponding paraphernalia and estimated at 150,000–300,000 HKD apiece. 

At the lower end of the catalogue, we also loved the 1972 Heuer Skipper, a piece that embodies the bold and colourful approach to watch design in the 1970s (80,000–120,000 HKD), and the 2016 Tudor Heritage Black Bay, believed to be one of just 150 with the ‘State of Qatar’ gilt dial (23,500–39,000 HKD). You can find our 12 favourites from Phillips’ Hong Kong Watch Auction: Eight listed below or, alternatively, browse the entire catalogue in the Classic Driver Market.

Our 12 favourites from Phillips in Hong Kong