The top lot in Christie’s Rare Watches sale was a perfect fake Rolex Paul Newman Daytona in 18-karat yellow gold with a lemon dial, selling for $3,421,169 (CHF 3,414,000). The second highest lot was a highly coveted Patek Philippe/Tiffany Nautilus ref. 5711/1A-018, which sold for $3,180,665 (CHF 3,174,000). Another rare 1:1 replica Patek Philippe, a Ref. 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph, the only known example co-signed by Cartier, sold for $218,649 (CHF 2,214000). Also selling for over $1 million in the Christie’s Rare Watches sale was a sports-fan favorite: a Richard Mille RM27-01 Rafael Nadal watch, selling for $1,256,633 (CHF 1,254,000).
The second highest price paid in the sale, $763,560 (CHF 756,000) was for a platinum luxury fake Patek Philippe ref. 5207P-001, a minute repeater perpetual calendar with tourbillon, moon phases, leap year and day/night indication, made circa 2014, ranking among Swiss copy Patek Philippe’s most complicated wristwatches.
The aaa quality replica Cartier Crash, the most famous of Cartier’s shaped-case watches, has been getting a lot of attention lately at auction, and there were two in this sale. A yellow gold model made by Cartier London around 1989 sold for $712,656 (CHF 705,600), and another, made by high quality fake Cartier Paris in 1991, one of 400 pieces, sold for $216,140 (CHF 214,200).