On occasion famed auction house Christie's conducts online-only sales of modern and vintage luxury watches that have quickly become a beacon for collectors. The common consensus used to be that these were a way to get rid of lesser pieces, but that can hardly be said of any sale that includes a Paul Newman Daytona.
Here's an exclusive preview our five favorites from their upcoming online auction, dubbed the Keystone Collection, running July 30–Aug. 13:
This is a cult chronograph that has seen values soar in the past several years as its appeal finds a wider audience. Nicknamed for Nina Rindt, wife of famed racing driver Jochen Rindt. Est. $15,000-25,000
The extremely rare 817 was manufactured in 1975 for the Italian Army's elite helicopter pilots, and fewer than 100 are thought to have been made. With an estimate of $8,000–$12,000 it's far from overpriced.
We promised a Paul Newman, and this one certainly doesn't disappoint. It has a bit more wear to it than most which only increases the allure to our way of thinking. Believe it or not the estimate of $140,000–$180,000 is pretty reasonable.
The Nautilus has been getting all the good press lately, but that just means you can still score a bit of a deal on its equally nautical sibling the Aquanaut. One of the most iconic watches of the '90s, this one is estimated at $20,000—$30,000.
This sale is rife with icons and cult watches, and the Royal Oak certainly fits both bills. But again some smart shopping will have you strapping on the famed octagonal chrono for less than you might think. This model is estimated at $15,000—$20,000.