Triumphant Bonhams Knightsbridge Sale Illustrates Continued Department Growth

On 19 February, Bonhams held its first 2019 sale of watches and wristwatches at its Knightsbridge saleroom. Estimates toppled across the board with more than 80% of lots finding buyers, indicating strong upwards growth for the international department.

The top lot of the sale was the fine gold, enamel and diamond set minute repeating perpetual calendar chronograph pocket watch from LeRoy Et Fils, circa 1900 which sold for double its high estimate, achieving £32,500. Early pocket watches were popular in the sale, with the very fine and rare silver and gold open face key wind 'Souscription' pocket watch from 1803 selling for £25,500.

One of the surprise successes of the sale was the Jaeger-LeCoultre stainless steel bumper automatic alarm bracelet watch Deep Sea Memovox, Ref: 857 which achieved nearly ten times its estimate, selling for £18,750.
Complicated watches old and new achieved strong prices, including the cover lot, the IWC 18k rose gold automatic perpetual calendar split second chronograph wristwatch Da Vinci Rattrapante, Ref: 3754 which sold for well above its estimate at £10,000.

The top lots demonstrated the rich variety of the sale, with early pocket watches, classic 70's pieces and modern, complicated watches all attracting global bidding. Penelope Morris, Head of Department, commented: 'We were thrilled to get our sale season off to such an impressive start. We achieved some fantastic results, and were interested to note that the continued interest in high quality, early and ornate pocket watches is continuing from last year. We look forward to our next sale on 21 May and offering yet another range of impressive, rare and desirable timepieces.'

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