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22nd April 2021.

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A rare 1958 Omega Pre-Moon Speedmaster (ref: 2915-3) is one of the highlights of the watches on offer in the 22nd May Jewellery, Watches and Silver Sale (estimate: £8,000-12,000). One of the most desirable Speedmasters on the market today, this reference was made between 1957 and 1959 in three different iterations – 1, 2 and 3. The third iteration, of which the present watch is an example, was made using a combination of the features of the first and second iterations. A further rare watch of the era is the 1954 Rolex Turn-O-Graph (ref: 6202) (estimate: £8,000-12,000).

Vintage Military watches are an increasingly popular area of collecting at auction, and three good examples are on offer in the sale. The top lot is a World War II Military wristwatch by Jaeger LeCoultre (calibre 479) made in 1944 (estimate; £1,500-2,000). This is one of the watches known by collectors as ‘The Dirty Dozen’, a group of watches commissioned by the Ministry of Defence for soldiers in World War II from twelve different watchmakers. Each company was given a brief to make watches that were accurate, reliable, and durable, with black dial, luminous markers, Arabic markers, shatterproof glass and a stainless-steel case. All the Dirty Dozen watches are marked ‘W.W.W.’ on the reverse and feature a broad arrowhead mark on the dial and inner case.

Highlights of the modern luxury watches in the sale include a fine and rare 18 Carat White Gold and Diamond Set Chopard LUC Regulator GMT (ref: 17/1910-20) (estimate: £12,000-15,000). The watch was made in 2010 in is number 24 of a limited edition of 25. A Jaeger LeCoultre Grande Reverso (ref: 240.8.15) made in 2010 is offered with an estimate of £5,000-7,000, and a 1990 IWC Ingenieur SL (ref: 9230) is offered with an estimate of £2,500-3,500. This watch is decorated with the red ‘Khanjar’, the national symbol of Oman. Such watches were ordered and presented by the Sultan of Oman as a token of appreciation and gratitude for services rendered.

Entries for forthcoming Watch Sales are now invited.

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