Fly me to the moon: Patek Philippe Ref. 5002 Sky Moon Tourbillon fetches US$1.3m at Antiquorum

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    Fly me to the moon: Patek Philippe Ref. 5002 Sky Moon Tourbillon fetches US$1.3m at Antiquorum

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    There are no prizes, no, not even a Timex watch for guessing which brand attracted the highest bids at Antiquorum’s “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” auction held on Sunday, May 12th at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva.

    Although the auction was headlined by a selection of vintage Rolex Daytona watches commemorating the model’s 50th anniversary, once again it was a Patek Philippe that commanded the top price of the day. The watch was a Patek Philippe Ref. 5002 “Sky Moon Tourbillon” in rose gold with special order case (lot 225).

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    Not to be outdone, the Rolexes managed to set two new world records, including the highest ever sale price for a Daytona at auction.
    The auction featured a total of 518 carefully curated timepieces and drew bidders from around the world, most notably from China, Hong Kong, Italy, the United States and Switzerland.

    The Patek Phiilppe Ref 5002 is a unique piece with 12 complications, the watch sold to an on-site bidder for the eye-watering price of CHF 1,202,500. (US$1.3m).

    The two-sided watch has an 18k rose gold case and its complications include a minute repeater with cathedral gongs, a one-minute tourbillon, a perpetual calendar with flyback retrograde date, a nocturnal sky chart of the Northern Hemisphere, moon phases and lunar orbit, time of the meridian passages of Sirius and moon, and indications for both solar mean and sidereal time. The watch comes in its original fitted box with lock and key, a setting pin, an “Official Chronometer” certificate and a Certificate of Origin.

    The two Rolex Daytona’s may not have hauled in the most cash, but they did manage to set two new world records. In intense bidding, the highlight of the collection, an exceptionally rare Rolex Ref. 6263 Gold Daytona “Paul Newman” model, with a prototype lemon dial and white graphics made in the late 1960s (lot 512), ultimately sold to a room bidder for the world-record price of CHF 841, 300, US$867,000) nearly three times its low estimate and the highest price ever attained for a Rolex Daytona. The watch features an 18k yellow gold case, round chronograph pushers and a non-reflective black bezel with a tachymeter scale, along with the distinctive subdials characteristic of a Paul Newman dial.

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    The other record-setting Rolex Daytona was the Rolex Ref. 6269/8 Diamond Cosmograph Oman (lot 518), which achieved CHF 470,500. (US$484,000) The watch, in a yellow-gold case, was sold to the nation of Oman in 1985 and is extremely rare, possibly even a unique piece. It has a bezel set with 44 diamonds and a dial set with 240 diamonds and nine sapphires.

    Other Rolex Daytona models that scorched off the gavel were two other Paul Newman models in steel, Rolex Ref. 6239 (lot 507) and Rolex Ref. 6241 (lot 510), which each sold for CHF 108,100, (US$111,000) more than doubling their low estimates.

    Another, the so-called Rolex “Solo” watch from 1965, is a rare piece in stainless steel with a steel bracelet and buckle. It fetched $116,500 (US$120,000). And a Daytona signed by late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and once owned by the nation of Libya (Ref. 6265), fetched CHF 128,500. (US$132,000).

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    Re: Fly me to the moon: Patek Philippe Ref. 5002 Sky Moon Tourbillon fetches US$1.3m at Antiquorum

    Has anyone ID'd the winning bidder on that Sky Moon? Will it appear in the PP collection after a suitable amount of braggadocio over the high-price achieved at auction?
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