Until Dec. 7 Christie’s is staging a landmark watch auction called Rare Watches New York: Online which's one of their most important virtual timepiece sales ever. As Christie's Watches Specialist Remi Guillemin puts it, "This sale offers timepieces that will appeal to clients looking to begin their collection as well as collectors looking for watches of the utmost rarity; there is truly something for everyone.”
Here are our favorites:
One of our all-time favorite vintage Rolexes, this chronograph made c.1958 gets its nickname from the famous Olympic skier and Rolex ambassador who wore it back in the day. Est. $240,000–$440,000.
This tropical "panda" dial Paul Newman is of course one of the most highly-coveted Rolexes of all time. This version is known as the "Big Eye" for the size of its subdials. Est. $300,000–$500,000.
This is an example of a more modern Daytona made c.1995 which has now crossed the line into vintage territory and seen its value skyrocket thanks to "tropical" fading on the subdial rings. Est. $30,000–$50,000.
"Pepsi" and "Coke" bezel Rolex GMTs are well known, the brown "Root Beer" versions less so. Vintage Rolex buffs have long been hip to it, however, this 18k beauty is still a relative steal. Est. $18,000–$28,000.
For this 18k white gold Patek made within the past decade we're stretching the definition of vintage a bit, but its (ahem) timeless beauty and rarity guarantee it will increase in value in the years to come. Est. $30,000–$50,000.