The year 2021 continued to be challenging for everyone, but watch shows, such as with the NAWCC, started to re-open. We were even fortunate to be able to hold a Live Webcast Auction again, in the fall of 2021! Vintage watch values continued to rise a bit over the course of the year, as so many of our clients continue to pursue this passion.
We hope 2022 continues to improve so that we can see everyone in person at events and at our own two Live auctions this year!
As 2021 draws to a close, we have asked our staff to select their favorite lot from the past year.
Here are the chosen ones:
Owner and auctioneer, George Jones, chose this beautiful pendant watch which soared to an $8,600 hammer price in our October 31, 2021 Live Webcast Auction, well over its $2,000-4,000 estimate. George stated: "This made for Chinese market with floral back and seed pearl surround which continues through the pendant and onto the bow has the most detailed enamelled back imaginable. If this were in the form of a miniature painting, I feel it would bring a great amount of money. The fine enamel backs on watches have always been underpriced in my mind."
The full description with photos can be found by clicking here.
Chief operating officer/auctioneer Diana Kelly chose the Louis Duchêne & Fils, enormous quarter-hour repeating coach watch in our October 31, 2021 Halloween Live auction. She said, "I was amazed at the massive size of this watch, and the strong sound it makes. The consignment it came from also happened to include a tiny pendant watch, and the contrast in size was striking. (See last photo.) I'm usually drawn to smaller watches with delicate features, but weighing more than 50 troy ounces and having been made in the early 1800s, this watch intrigued me!"
The watch sold for $5,600 and can be viewed by clicking here.
YouTube video of the repeat function can be seen here.
Pocket watch expert, Fred Hansen, picked the exceedingly rare Waltham split-minutes and split-seconds chronograph which sold in our October 31, 2021 Live Auction for $22,000. He explains: “This was my favorite watch of the past year because it featured a complication that I had never seen, or even heard of, before. I’ve been collecting and studying American pocket watches nearly my entire life so at this point it’s not too often that I run into something truly 'new' to me, but this one definitely qualified!"
Click here to view Fred’s full catalog description, as well as our photos.
Our wristwatch specialist, Tyler St. Gelais, stated the following: “My choice is lot 58 in from the October 31, 2021 Live Auction, the fabulous Omega Speedmaster 2998-5. Truly the perfect vintage chronograph in a fantastic size with an absolutely incredible look. From the alpha hands the to the straight cut case and expandable bracelet, these are the makings of the perfect chronograph. It sure didn’t suck that it had its box and manuals either.”
Hammering at $29,000, full photos and Tyler's description can be found by clicking here.
Assistant cataloger and online store manager, Amanda Kelly, chose a verge fusee with unusual porcelain case from our September 16, 2021 online-only auction, Lot 127, the Jul. Le Roy, Paris. She explains: "Writing the watch was a pleasure and I really wish I was able to buy it. It’s the first time I had ever seen a pocket watch case made out of something other than metal. It impresses me how delicate porcelain is and yet it is functioning beautifully as a case. The painted details were a beautiful compliment and the fact that it had raised decorative elements also made me love it more. The movement itself was beautiful too, with its pierced and floral pattern engraved two-footed balance bridge, plus as my coworkers all know, I love fusees. The bloodstone watch from the October 31 Live Auction was a close contender, but this porcelain beauty wins!"
Amanda's full write-up, as well as our photos, can be seen and read by clicking here!
To view the bloodstone-cased watch Amanda references, click here.
Marc Bourque, our festive IT manager, chose the New England Watch Co skeleton model watch in our October 31, 2021 Halloween Live Webcast Auction. He quips, "I like watching the 'guts' move."
This watch is unusual in that it is in its original gold-filled case, rather than chrome-plated base metal or gunmetal. It fetched $700 in our auction.
Click here for the full writeup and photos!
Receptionist, video creator, assistant photographer, and assistant cataloger, Courtney St. Gelais, chose Lot 208, a carved jade goose with diamond set eyes which was sold in our October 31, 2021 Live Auction. Courtney explains: "It was about a month before our wedding, and I was wracking my brain to find the perfect gift for Tyler. Then, as I was looking through our catalog for the live auction I saw it, a most magnificent goose. I knew then and there this is the perfect present for Tyler. However, I also know Tyler far too well, and know that he may have the same inclination to bid on the goose as a wedding present for me. I approached Tyler with my concern, and trying to be as vague as possible I say, 'I want to bid on something in the auction, but I am worried that you would also want to bid on it and I don’t want us to bid each other up,' to which he immediately replied, 'It’s the jade goose, and yes I was going to bid on it as a wedding present for you.” My suspicions had been confirmed, and rather than competing against each other, we arrived at the auction as one united front, ready to try our luck and bring this superb piece of art and design with no equal, quite likely the finest goose to ever grace this planet, home. After much anticipation…victory was ours! We celebrated and welcomed home the newly named Goose Gustaferson, where he now sits proudly on display for all to bathe in his glory."
The goose may be seen in all his cataloging glory by clicking here!
Associate pocket watch specialist from afar, Steven Humphrey, chose Lot 155 in our August 19, 2021 online auction, a Morris Tobias & Co, Liverpool & London, verge fusee with calendar, in original silver pair cases bearing London hallmarks for 1805. This was Steven's first time selecting a favorite, and he had a tough time choosing just one from the year! He explains his final choice: "I am going with the Morris Tobias for the favorite. Even though it is not a particularly valuable piece, it represents a lot of history. I've had a soft spot for Tobias watches for a long time, and Morris kind of started it all."
The full write-up by Steven, as well as all photographs, can be seen by clicking here!
Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas/Happy New Year to all of our clients and friends!
We are thrilled to have worked with you all in 2021, a better year than 2020 but still challenging. The response to our auctions this year was again overwhelming and gratifying!
We look forward in eager anticipation to 2022!