26 September 2019


Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo

Announces Selected Highlights for:


The Geneva Watch Auction X


Including “The Fantastic Four”

The Most Important Complicated Rolex Watches


A Selection of Exquisite And Historically Important Vintage Patek Philippe Wristwatches


And Rare And Highly Coveted Wristwatches From Today’s Most

Sought-After Independent Watchmakers



GENEVA – 26 SEPTEMBER 2019 – Following an extraordinary Spring auction season marked by several new world records and unprecedented sold rates, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, the global market leader in collectors’ watches, is delighted to unveil highlights from The Geneva Watch Auction X. 


Taking place on November 9-10, the auction will feature almost 200 timepieces of exceptional quality, including vintage and modern collectors’ watches from leading brands such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Omega, IWC, and Jaeger-LeCoultre.


The auction will be split between two evening sessions, hosted on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November at the Hôtel La Réserve in Geneva.


Aurel Bacs, Senior Consultant of Bacs & Russo and Alex Ghotbi, Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East, jointly said: “The Geneva Watch Auction X represents an important milestone, as it is both an anniversary for the Geneva watch department, and it celebrates this event with a selection of watches that perfectly encapsulates the core values that defined the department when it was launched five years ago: quality, rarity, and freshness-to-the-market remain central to our process of selecting the very best collectible watches available to the market. We are delighted to bring forward on November 9-10 an incredibly broad selection of collectible timepieces, including some of the greatest and most important vintage Rolex wristwatches, notably exceptional examples of the “fantastic four”, a group of mythical non-professional models. These include a stunning example of the very elusive stainless steel reference 4113 (the only Rolex split-seconds chronograph model), an original and extremely well preserved pink gold reference 6062 “Stelline” with star-set numerals, possibly the finest stainless steel reference 8171 steel known within the collecting community, and an attractive and rare triple calendar chronograph Ref. 6236 Dato-Compax. In addition, we are proud to offer vintage masterpieces from the workshops of Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet, as well as modern masterpieces by independent brands such as Philippe Dufour, FP Journe, MB&F, and Kari Voutilainen, to name but a few.”




Important Vintage Rolex Wristwatches

Phillips is honored to offer the four most important and sought-after non-professional Rolex models, including:


An extraordinarily rare, oversized stainless steel split seconds chronograph Reference 4113, one of twelve models known to have been made, circa 1942. Whenever the Rolex stainless steel reference 4113 split-seconds chronograph has appeared at auction it has always been a sensational horological event. The existence of the reference 4113 remains shrouded in mystery as it was never featured in a Rolex catalogue. However, in the past two decades, research and scholarship have unearthed a similar pattern regarding all the known reference 4113s: they all came from owners and families related one way or the other to automobile racing and we believe that this rare timepiece was presented to a select group of racing teams and their drivers. The present watch first appeared on the market in 1991 and reappeared 20 years later in 2011, when it achieved a then record breaking sum, since broken by another reference 4113 sold by Phillips for CHF 2,405,000 in START-STOP-RESET and we are delighted to present the watch in our Geneva Watch Auction X. Estimate in excess of CHF 1,500,000


One of if not the greatest, most attractive, and best preserved stainless steel Reference 8171 to surface on the market, ever. Known as the “Padellone”, the Reference 8171 is one of the most legendary and consequently sought after vintage wristwatches ever made by any manufacturer. Together with the Reference 6062, the “Padellone” ref. 8171 is the only Rolex to feature a triple calendar complication with a moon phase complication. Estimate CHF 500,000-1,000,000


The most well preserved pink gold triple calendar Reference 6062 known to the market. Featuring a highly attractive and exceptionally attractive star-set dial, the present Reference 6062 features an Oyster case with a screw-on caseback, unlike the “Paddelone” which features a snap-on caseback. First offered to the market in 2012, the present Rolex 6062 was originally owned by Gordon Bethune, an internationally renowned collector and CEO of Continental Airlines whose destiny he presided over from 1994 until his retirement at the end of 2004. Estimate in excess of CHF 1,000,000


A very attractive and rare stainless steel triple calendar chronograph Ref. 6236 Dato-Compax. Launched in 1947, the Dato Compax was Rolex’s first and only triple calendar chronograph wristwatch fitted with a water-resistant Oyster case. Collectors nicknamed the Dato Compax “Jean-Claude Killy”, after the three-time French Olympic ski champion who was often seen wearing a reference 6236 similar to the present lot. Estimate CHF 200,000-400,000


Phillips will also present a selection of the finest Rolex sports watches, including rare and well-preserved Daytona examples, with and without “Paul Newman” dials, such as the very important Rolex “Oyster Sotto”, one of the pinnacles of the brand’s production, according to collectors. 


Important Vintage Patek Philippe Wristwatches

Phillips will present historically important and collectible vintage Patek Philippe wristwatches, including:


The finest stainless steel Patek Philippe Reference 1463 currently available to the market. The Ref. 1463 was the first and only waterproof chronograph produced by Patek Philippe featuring a screw-back case and round pump pushers. The present watch, made in 1949, is in exceptional condition with a case featuring sharp lugs, edges and angles.  Estimate CHF 300,000-600,000


An attractive and extremely rare yellow gold Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph Ref. 1518, made in 1945. Launched in 1941 in the midst of World War II, reference 1518 is the very first perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch to be made in series. The present example is one of the earliest, and only 281 were made in total. Estimate CHF 250,000-500,000


Several models from Patek Philippe’s iconic “Nautilus” family of sports watches, from the highly coveted and original Ref. 3700 in stainless steel, to rare examples made in precious metals, such as a white gold Ref. 3800, a platinum Ref. 3800 with a black dial and a stainless steel Ref. 5712.


Important Modern Independent Wristwatches

Following the success of independent watchmakers at auction over the past couple of years at Phillips, epitomized by the sale of George Daniels’ “Grand Complication” for CHF 2,420,000 in May 2019, Phillips will once again offer a tightly curated selection of watches by independents including:


A white gold Philippe Dufour Simplicity, numbered N°23 and sold complete with box and certificate. It is one of the earliest examples of Dufour’s Simplicity and is presented in almost unworn condition. Estimate CHF 150,000-300,000


Exclusive models by Kari Voutilainen, MB&F, Francois-Paul Journe, and Ludovic Ballouard, among others.




Phillips invites all watch collectors to come and meet our team and admire the exceptionally fine and rare selection made for The Geneva Watch Auction X. We are confident our selection of watches will continue to fuel the remarkable passion for watches that collectors have, and look forward to welcoming them to our previews later this month.


WORLD TOUR: Fall 2019

Taipei: 1-2 October

Phillips Taipei Office

12F., Unit B

No.89, Songren Road, Xinyi District

Taipei City 110


New York: 18-21 October

Phillips New York Office

450 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10022


London: 25 – 28 October

Phillips London Office

30 Berkeley Square

London, W1J 6EX


Hong Kong: 28 – 30 October

Phillips Hong Kong Office

14/F, St. George's Building

2 Ice House Street

Central Hong Kong


Geneva Preview & Auctions


Location: Hôtel La Réserve, Bellevue, Geneva



Thursday 7 November 10am-9pm

Friday 8 November 10am-6pm

Saturday 9 November 10am-5pm

Sunday 10 November 10am-4pm



Double Signed: Saturday 9 November | 6pm

The Geneva Watch Auction X part 1: Saturday 9 November | TBD

The Geneva Watch Auction X part 2: Sunday 10 November | 5pm



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The team of specialists at Phillips Watches is dedicated to an uncompromised approach to quality, transparency, and client service, achieving a sale total of $ 108 million in 2018 – its third consecutive year as the worldwide market leader in watch auctions.

A selection of our recent record-breaking prices:

1.       Paul Newman’s Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona reference 6239 (CHF 17,709,894/US$17,752,500) – New York Auction: Winning Icons – 26 October 2017 – ­­­Highest result ever achieved for any wristwatch at auction.


2.      Patek Philippe reference 1518 in stainless steel (CHF 11,020,000 /US$11,112,020) – Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR – 12 November 2016 – Highest result ever achieved for a Patek Philippe wristwatch at auction.


Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewellery, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in New York, London, Geneva, and Hong Kong, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world.  In addition to providing selling and buying opportunities through auction, Phillips brokers private sales and offers assistance with appraisals, valuations, and other financial services.


*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium; prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer’s premium.


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