Phillips’ next Geneva sale is as good a watch market barometer as any...

From a 1950s Bovet military watch estimated at just a few thousand Swiss francs to an assortment of the most rare and desirable Patek Philippes in existence, Phillips’ sixth Geneva Watch Auction — taking place on 12 November — caters to all tastes and budgets…

Whether you’re desperate for a vintage dive watch, looking to diversify your investment portfolio with a collectable Patek Philippe, or simply want to treat yourself to an early Christmas present, Phillips’ Geneva Watch Auction: Six is where you’ll want to be on 11–12 November. The catalogue is as impressive as it is diverse. If the gorgeous patina of the early-1940s Panerai diver, formerly owned by combat swimmer Helmut Rösel (est. 60,000–90,000 CHF), or the early Omega Seamaster 300, built for the Peruvian Air Force (15,000–25,000 CHF), don’t do it for you, we’re not sure what will. 

If you’ve set your sights a little higher, how about one of the best-preserved Rolex GMT Master ref. 6542s (150,000–300,000 CHF), nicknamed ‘Pussy Galore’ after its starring role in Goldfinger? And if you really want to climb into the ring with the top-tier collectors, there are few timepieces as desirable as the 1954 Patek Philippe ref. 2497 in white gold (1.5–3m CHF) — one of the rarest perpetual calendar models Patek ever built. You can browse the entire catalogue for the sale in the Classic Driver Market or, alternatively, see our 10 favourites listed below.

Our 10 favourites from Phillips in Geneva