Nearly 1200 lots of antique and vintage timekeepers will be offered at the Fall auction of R.O. Schmitt Fine Arts at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH, on the weekend of October 26th, 2013. Since 1979, this nationally known auction firm has been conducting semi-annual sales of clocks and watches, and the upcoming auction features their best lineup in a decade.
Always respected for the detailed and accurate photographs, descriptions, condition reports, and pre-sale estimates contained in their full-colour printed catalogues, R.O. Schmitt also provides the same details on-line as well as auction day live viewing and Internet bidding through Artfact on home computers and mobile devices.
Pocket and wrist watches make up an increasingly significant part of the RO Schmitt consignments. Nearly 400 lots of watches will be offered in Saturday and Sunday, October 26th & 27th. A fabulous single owner collection of wrist watches includes a Parmigiani “Toric” Minute Repeater in 18K white gold (estimate $70,000 - $90,000), an A. Lange & Sohne “Langematic” in 18K rose gold ($15,000 - $20,000) and an “1815” in platinum ($14,000 - $17,000) and a Patek Philippe “Calatrava” ref. 3514 in 18K yellow gold ($10,000 - $1500), an Omega “Cosmic” with calendar and moon phase, caliber 2471, in stainless steel ($2,500 - $3,500), Hamilton Electric “Ventura” in 18K ($1,800 - $2,500) and a Vulcain “Cricket” in 18K ($1,000 - $1,500).
A superb single owner collection of pocket watches includes fine American pocket watches, among them an American Waltham Watch Co., “Premier Maximus” in 14K yellow gold ($9,000 - $12,000), and an E. Howard Watch Co. (Keystone) “Edward Howard” in 18K yellow gold ($8,000 - $10,000) and a Seth Thomas Maiden Lane 25 jewels ($4,000 - $5,000). European pocket watches include a Gruen 50th Anniversary in 18K white gold with 12K solid gold movement plates ($3,500 - $4,500), a Swiss high grade 18K enameled belonging to the undertaker who embalmed the body of anti-slavery crusader John Brown ($4,000 - $5,000), a Golay Fils & Stahl, Geneva 18K dress watch ($2,500 - $3,500) and a Swiss long running 14 days in silver ($600 - $900).
Marine chronometers and singing bird boxes will also be offered including a Bliss & Creighton American made chronometer in all original condition ($3,000 - $4,000).
All items may be previewed in person beginning 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 26 in the Radisson’s Expo Center, 700 Elm Street in Manchester, NH. Clock viewing continues during the sale of watches beginning at 11 a.m. until the first session of clock selling begins at 5 p.m. Sunday morning previews are 8 a.m. until that day’s selling commences at 10 a.m.
Printed catalogues may be ordered by calling (603) 432-2237 or online at Horological Auction Specialists - R. O. Schmitt Fine Arts where all lots may be examined within their indexed groupings. Sale day phone bidding is available by prearrangement, and absentee bidding is possible by fax, mail and email, or through Artfact: Bid Online in Art Auctions, Estate Auctions, Jewelry Auctions and more., which offers live bidding.
Just some of the watches up for auction
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