I always look forward to days like this when I can enjoy some really important, rare and beautiful watches, to see them up close, touch them and try them on, it's really a special feeling to see the details and the hard work put into these pieces. Christie's upcoming auction on Monday has a lot more interesting and rare watches but I found these few here to be the most interesting for me so spent good few hours drooling over them today.
Had to spend a good hour browsing jewelry to make my wife happy so she can prepare what was coming after, ha-ha.
So now we start. Probably the most interesting Rolex I have ever seen, only 12 ever made of this reference and only 8 still around, huge 44mm and flat with square pushers, very unusual for Rolex, the only split seconds chrono ever made I believe.
Even rarer, the Rolex Zerograph, probably the rarest rolex chrono, this probably was a prototype where only 12 pieces were ever made and only 4 of them survived. Not a lot info even from Rolex and the chrono works all the time, you have to push the chrono button to sync the hand to zero and start the count.
I'm not big fan of Rolex but I can't resist this piece I'm afraid. Chocolate California 4 line dial that has incredible aging on it. How the color changes when turned into light is simply magnificent.
Another of the few Rolex pieces that I like, Panda Dial Paul Newman this thing is gorgeous.
And definitely my FAVORITE Rolex, the rare Stelline, this watch has crazy history of being in the same family for 3 generations and passed over from Father to Son, and after many years they are shown in public. The first original owner was so worried about loosing the watch that he drilled an additional lug holes and put a gold bracelet that goes around the wrist once the watch is put so it can not be detached if the pins fail or the clasp is open. The moon faces are just so amazing it's hard to resist this watch. Absolute perfection.
Speaking of perfection, I think it's hard to beat this black dial WG Nautilus...
just when I thought this thing was heavy I lifted this:
All platinum Nautilus and the only one in the world. ref 3700 this watch is actually a myth. Up until now an all platinum version of this watch has never been seen, sold nor discussed by Patek Philippe. This is the only one known to exist. And it saw my wrist
This is the first ever Celestial I have seen in front of me and I still can't understand the complexity of it even after reading about it and listening about it for 20 minutes. You'll need a degree in astrology to be able to use it, nonetheless, the watch has simply stunning dial
Another split seconds chrono from Patek, platinum ref 5004 with gorgeous looking movement
Like many other watch enthusiasts I have been dreaming about a Nautilus and today for the first time I was able to have the 3 different versions of it and I must say that I liked the Chrono version best, the 5980
it's just so much better compared with the 5712 and the 5711, sits higher, it's a bit thicker than the 5712, it has a 2 hands on the chrono for minutes/hours, the seconds hand goes back smoothly when you reset the chrono, what a watch, honestly:
or course this thing is simply gorgeous:
5712 in white gold.
I love the power reserve and moonphase on the 5712 so I guess they would be a perfect 2 watches for a collection...
That's it from my day-dreaming day, back to reality, hope you enjoy the photos