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Highlights from Phillips’ Game Changers Watch Auction in New York

Game Changers, the 2019 New York Watch auction hosted by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, realized US$ 20,169,875 / Euro 18,177,091, selling 100% by lot and 100% by value.


Five of the 74 lots sold above US$ 1 million, a first time for a watch auction held in USA.

Leading the auction was Urwerk’s Atomic Mechanical Control (lot 8) which realized US$ 2.9 million, setting a new world record for the independent Swiss brand. Comprised of an atomic master clock and a standalone mechanical wristwatch, the master clock automatically winds, sets, and extraordinarily regulates the wristwatch to improve its timekeeping. It offers a margin of error of just one second in 317 years.


Patek Philippe’s rare “pink-on-pink” reference 1518 with pink dial and moon phases (lot 64) sold for US$ 2.3 million. This model was consigned from the family of the original owner.


A well preserved Patek Philippe reference 2499 (lot 40) in yellow gold achieved US$ 2,024,000. Retailed by Gübelin , this model was originally delivered by Patek Philippe with round pushers, making it one of the most important examples of the reference to ever surface.


Jack Nicklaus’ Rolex Day-Date Reference 1803 (lot 18) achieved a remarkable US$ 1.22 million. This watch graced the wrist of Mr. Nicklaus nearly every day since 1967 and was present when he won 12 of his record 18 professional major championship titles. 100% of the sale proceeds from this lot will directly benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.


After over 20 minutes of bidding from collectors across 3 continents, underscoring the enduring legacy of one of the most iconic actors of the 20th century, Marlon Brando’s Rolex GMT-Master reference 1675 (lot 30) sold for US$ 1,952,000. This watch was seen on Brando’s wrist in Apocalypse Now and long thought to have been missing. You can read more on this timepiece here.


A rare stainless steel Lange 1 ref. 101.026 (lot 62) manufactured by A. Lange & Söhne in 1999 sold for US$ 343,750 setting a new world record for a Lange 1 model and smashing the previous record established just few weeks ago. Experts’ estimate that approximately 30 pieces in steel were made in total. Of those thirty, about eight have appeared publicly at auction.


For the full list of the lots that were sold at this auction, just follow the link below:

Phillips: “Game Changers”
New York, December 10, 2019

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  1. I think that some people is mad, or stupid. Paying almost $2 mln for a watch that is not even worth $5,000 just because an actor wore it, and scratched it in the back. So I guess someone would be ready to pay $1mln for the Timex of Bill Gates. Those auction people treat collectors as stupid. I can almost hear the big laughs in the backoffice after the sale.

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  2. I find pure madness that someone is ready to pay $2mln for an object that is worth not less than $5,000 just because an actor wore it. or should we call it stupidity? I can imagine the big laughs of the auction house in the back office.

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    1. Make sure that someone will be left holding the bag. 100% sure of this.

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Game Changers, the 2019 New York Watch auction hosted by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, realized US$ 20,169,875 / Euro 18,177,091, selling 100% by lot and 100% by value. Jack Nicklaus’ Rolex Day‐Date Reference 1803. Marlon Brando’s Rolex GMT-Master reference 1675 sold for US$ 1,952,000.
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