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THE SWISS LEADING WATCH & JEWELLERY AUCTIONEER SINCE 1973

Ineichen Auctioneers have been specializing in watches and clocks since their beginning in 1973. In the seventies and eighties, Ineichen Auctioneers, a small but now highly-renowned  auctionhouse, realized several world records at auction, especially for pocket watches. During the last 30 years, auctions for jewellery, scientific instruments and tin toys have been added. In November 1997, Ineichen organized a highly regarded exhibition on "Abraham Louis Breguet, 1747-1823".

THE SWISS LEADING WATCH & JEWELLERY AUCTIONEER SINCE 1973

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10 September 2019 Independent Watch Auction No.170

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Newsletter Auction 167

While two Daytonas were took the limelight in advance, it was the pocket watches that proved to be the most sought after items at Ineichen Auction No. 167. Several 18th century verge escapement pocket watches sold for more than their higher estimates, with some even doubling or tripling their expected prices. One of the unexpected highlight of the sale turned out to be a 1890s carousel pocket watch by Patek-Philippe. The higher estimate of CHF 12’000 was shattered as the hammer came down at CHF 46’000. Expectedly, the two steel-cased, ref. 6239 Rolex Daytonas also surpassed their estimates with the coveted Paul Newman going for CHF 128’000 against a high estimate of CHF 90’000. In table clocks, peculiarity proved to be the key. A 17th century with a wooden movement and hand, an early 19th century marine chronometer in a mahogany case and a delicate gold and enamel clock with a perfume bottle and make up tray all sold above estimate.

WORLD RECORDS

  • 1975
  • 1978
  • 1980
  • 1981
World record for two chronometers by Parisian watchmaker Abraham Louis Breguet:
  • Gold Astronomical Pocket Watch: Fr. 500'000.-

  • Astronomische Silber-Reiseuhr: Fr. 280'000.-

World record for two watches by Abraham Louis Breguet:
  • Gold Pocket Watch with tourbillon escapement:
    Fr. 500'000.-

  • Gold Astronomical Pocket Watch:
    Fr. 240'000.-

World record for two chronometers by Parisian watchmaker Abraham Louis Breguet:
  • World record for an 16th century astronomical tabernacle clock, known as the Electors of Saxony’s emerald clock:
    Fr. 700'000.-

World record for two chronometers by Parisian watchmaker Abraham Louis Breguet:
  • World record for enamel savonette by A.Lange & Söhne:
    Fr. 650'000.-

  • At the same auction, four additional tourbillons were sold for a total of Fr. 1’220’000.-