Sotheby’s to auction Rolexes that belonged to post-World War Two leaders
THE “CLARIN MUSTAD 1518”
Patek Philippe, Ref. 1518, 1944
Est. CHF 800,000-1,200,000/ $890,000-1,330,000
GENEVA, October 23, 2011 – Sotheby’s autumn sale of Important Watches on 13 November 2011 will be spearheaded by two Rolex wristwatches that belonged to leaders of the post-World War II era: the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer, and the first President of the Republic of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.
Tracing the development of watchmaking from 1574 to the present day, the sale will comprise iconic pieces from pivotal moments in horological history, from fine examples of Renaissance watches to the “Clarin Mustad 1518”, a unique Patek Philippe Reference 1518 chronograph, through luxurious pocket watches made for the Chinese, Ottoman, India and Hispanic markets in the 19th century.
Featuring 270 lots estimated in excess of CHF 8 million, the sale will also include a large selection of rare vintage and highly complicated modern wristwatches by the most prestigious watchmakers of the 20th and 21st centuries.