ICONEEK A Live Auction Not to Miss
Seek out some truly extraordinary timepieces in Iconeek’s second live sale
Taking place on December 12th, Iconeek’s second online live auction –Timeless and Iconic Timepieces II – will be offering some unique horological finds to seduce watch lovers at all levels of collecting. Timepieces will include crowd-pullers such as Audemars Piguet, Omega, Patek Philippe, Piaget, and Rolex – with some never-seen-before pieces – and a large selection of vintage and collectible brands for those looking for something a little different.
Since its inception eight years ago, Iconeek has become a hybrid maison of vintage and pre-loved watches. The company combines the sale of timepieces in its physical salon on Geneva’s Place Longemalle with online sales and online live auctions.
Right from the beginning, Iconeek’s founders Fabien and Vanessa Chicha noticed how their clients appreciated the confidentiality and discretion that a smaller pre-owned watch company could offer. With 25 years’ experience in the auction world, this inspired Fabien to start online live auctions where clients can bid from the comfort of their own home online or by telephone, in total privacy.
Speedmaster Ref. CK2915-1 © Omega
More about the upcoming auction
The online live auction will be streamed on two platforms: Drouot for Europe and Invaluable for the rest of the world. It is also possible to join directly via the Iconeek website or by telephone (with a pre-registration). For those in Geneva, there will also be a physical preview between Monday 6th December and Saturday 11th December.
So now you have all the details, let’s take a look at some of the magical pieces that will be going under the hammer.
Railmaster Ref. CK2914-4 © Omega
Omega Holy Trinity
Several Omega timepieces can be found in the auction, including a 1958, Ref. CK2915-1 in excellent condition with a slightly faded dial. A similar piece from 1957 with a tropical dial recently broke the record for the most expensive Omega ever sold at auction at USD 3.4 million. The estimate for this sale is CHF 120,000 to 220,000.
Continuing with Omega, there will also be a rare Omega Railmaster, Ref. CK2914-4 from 1962 (Estimate CHF 12,000 to 18,000) and an Omega Seamaster 300, Ref. CK2913-8, a rare military wristwatch from 1961 that was delivered to the Peruvian Air Force (Estimate CHF 18,000 – 28,000), creating a “Holy Trinity” of Omegas that will delight collectors of the brand.
Seamaster 300 Ref. CK2913-8 © Omega
Omega fans will also be surprised to discover two prototypes: The Omega Seamaster “The Orange” Ref. ST145.019, a possibly unique stainless steel chronograph featuring a light brown dial with bright orange counters from 1970 and a red version nicknamed “The Cherry”, Ref. ST 145.019 that was part of a small batch delivered to Noman M. Morris Corporation and produced to test new dial and color configurations. (Estimates: CHF 20,000 – 40,000 each).
Seamaster « The Orange » Ref. ST145.019 and Seamaster « The Cherry » Ref. ST145.019 © Omega
Everyone Loves a Rolex
From Rolex, there will be a fine stainless steel “Red Submariner”, Ref. 1680, from 1974, among others. This stainless steel automatic diver’s wristwatch with date comes with a bracelet, box, and guarantee (Estimate: CHF 18,000 – 28,000)
« Red Submariner » Ref. 1680 © Rolex
Jewelry Timepieces from Patek Philippe and Piaget
And for those who have their eyes open for jewelry timepieces, there are two exceptional pieces up for sale. The first is a rare and highly unusual, 18K pink gold Patek Philippe lady’s secret watch, circa 1935 (Estimate CHF 3,000 and 5,000) and the second is a Piaget Limelight diamond-set timepiece in 18K white gold, circa 1970. (Estimate 6,000 – 8,000).
Montre à secret © Patek Philippe
This small selection is just part of a number of timepieces that will be presented at the auction, which is already creating excitement in the collector community.
Limelight © Piaget
As an aside, It is also interesting to note that Iconeek’s first auction of 156 lots reached sales of CHF 1.2 million with record prices achieved for an Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 (CHF 48,000) and a Daniel Roth tourbillon (CHF 75,000). Over 70% of the lots were sold, attesting to the passion, knowledge, and love for sharing that both Fabien and Vanessa have for watchmaking, as well as their consultants Isabelle Boer-Bardy and Marie Stauffer. But don’t take my word for it, sign up and see for yourself!
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