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Friday, September 19, 2014

Rare Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 Previously Owned by Famed Filmmaker and Oceanographer Philippe Cousteau Offered in Antiquorum Auction

New York, September 16, 2014 -- Antiquorum Auctioneers, the world’s premier watch auctioneers, is looking forward to its fall auction of “Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces” to be held on September 30th at the Hoyt Building in New York. Amongst the exceptional collection offered is one of the earliest known Rolex Ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller’s ever recorded that formerly belonged to famed filmmaker and oceanographer Philippe Cousteau (Jacques Cousteau’s son).

The Rolex Sea-Dweller is one of the most important diving watches designed in the second half of the 20th century. The collaboration with diving professionals and government agencies guided Rolex to introduce the first-ever use of the helium gas escape valve in a wristwatch. This revolutionary design enabled the watch to have the capability to withstand great underwater pressure while maintaining the functionality and integrity of timekeeping. During its development, the Ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller went through several revisions and iterations in order to perfect the design as the best diving watch, allowing many of the deepest diving missions.  As an iconic model, the Sea-Dweller has become highly collectible; the most coveted being the very earliest examples.

The example offered in Antiquorum’s September auction bears one of the earliest serial numbers (1'602'920) of this reference ever recorded. This places the watch in the era of Single Red Sea-Dwellers, of which only six are known to exist.

Evan Zimmermann, President & CEO of Antiquorum commented, “We are extremely proud to offer what is unarguably one of the most important Sea-Dweller’s ever to appear at auction. This represents a unique opportunity for collectors to acquire a truly historic timepiece with an extraordinary provenance.”

Not only is this watch extremely rare, but it also has the added cachet of an exceptional provenance. Philippe Cousteau developed a love of marine life early on, learning how to dive at the tender age of five. He soon began to travel the world with his legendary father Jacques Cousteau, known as one of the most celebrated oceanographers of all time; he co-developed the first underwater breathing apparatus in partnership with Acqualung and drew attention to the amazing world of underwater life in the movie “The Silent World” which won him the prestigious Palme D’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1956.

With an insatiable passion for the sea, Philippe Cousteau became the lead photographer on many of his father’s expeditions on the oceanographic research vessel the Calypso. He also produced numerous important documentaries about underwater life alongside his father in addition to his own television series on environmental issues. Sadly, his life was cut short in 1979 when a tragic plane accident occurred flying a Catalina near Lisbon.

After having worn the watch for 10 years, Philippe gifted it to Thomas Horton who was a close friend and collaborator of the Cousteau family. Andrew Horton, Thomas’ son, vividly recounts his early childhood memories about his father and the Cousteau family which can be read in a letter that accompanies this lot.

This exceptional timepiece is  an extremely rare, center seconds  stainless steel diver’s chronometer wristwatch with Double-Red Sea-Dweller logo, helium escape valve, date and stainless steel Rolex Oyster Fliplock bracelet.  Also accompanying the watch are 8 X 10 photos showing Philippe Cousteau wearing the watch, a book “Diving Companions” by Jacques Cousteau and Philippe Diole, a red “Cousteau Crew” shirt, a 14 X 11 photo of the sailing yacht and a 14 X 11 photo of Philippe Cousteau at sea.

Estimate: US$ 100,000 – 150,000

Thursday, April 25, 2013


The Principality of Monaco will be hosting the fifth edition of the exceptional “Only Watch” charity watch auction benefiting research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Recognized as the world’s first charity watch auction, Only Watch will take place on September 28th in Monaco and will be conducted by the watch auctioneers, Antiquorum. 38 of the world’s leading watch manufactures will each donate a unique timepiece specially created for the occasion.

The proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy – promoter of Only Watch with Antiquorum Auctioneers and the Monaco Yacht Show, in order to help finance research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a degenerative neuromuscular disease affecting 1 in 3,500 boys, therefore 250,000 children, adolescents, and young adults around the world.

From September 6th, an international exhibit of the Only Watch collection of timepieces for men and women will travel the world: Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, New York, Geneva (complimentary information on www.onlywatch.comfrom April 1st) and will be concluded by a presentation during the Monaco Yacht Show (September 25th to 28th). The auction will take place on September 28th at 11 a.m. (GMT+1) in the “Salle Belle Epoque” of the Hôtel Hermitage.

Participating manufactures as of April 8, 2013:
Backes & Strauss, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breguet, Chanel, Chopard, Chronoswiss, Christophe Claret, Corum, Cyrus, deLaCour, De Bethune, DeWitt, Franck Muller, Frédérique Constant, Girard Perregaux, Glasshütte Original, Harry Winston, Heritage Watch Manufactory, Hublot, Ikepod, Jaquet Droz, Julien Coudray, Ladoire, Laurent Ferrier, Louis Vuitton, Manufacture Royale, Maurice Lacroix, Montblanc, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Armin Strom, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Vulcain, Zenith.

ONLY WATCH, fifth edition
September 28th 2013, 11 a.m. (gmt +1), Hermitage Hotel, Monaco
Event under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
Organized by the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy, The Monaco Yacht Show, Antiquorum Auctioneers.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Antiquorum to hold valuation days around the globe

In anticipation of our spring auctions, Antiquorum is pleased to host valuation days around the world during which our experts offer complimentary estimates for your fine Swiss timepieces. To view our global schedule, please click here:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

CNN Talks to Antiquorum on Watch Collecting

CNN Talks to Antiquorum on Watch Collecting

Watch expert Genki Sakamoto was quoted in Pauline Choi's CNN blog on watch collecting. “Fashion and status are the reasons collectors are so passionate,” Sakamoto said. “Watch collectors love and enjoy the story behind every watch."
The article also references two watches with amazing provenance that were sold by Antiquorum: Elvis Presley’s Omega and Gandhi’s Zenith pocket watch.  

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

GTE Exhibit at Antiquorum Geneva Offices

In conjunction with our sponsorship of the GTE, Antiquorum Geneva is pleased to host a special display of exhibitors’ pieces in our Geneva showroom at 3, rue du Mont-Blanc 1201 Geneva. This display is open to the public from January 15 – February 11; Monday through Friday. Participating brands include: Badollet, Celsius X VI II, Drakkar, Hautlence, Laurent Ferrier, Manufacture Royale, H.Moser & Cie, Quinting, Reuge and Speake-Marin.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Toast to Watch Week

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak  Jumbo “ A Series, “ No. 88
On Friday, April 27th, Antiquorum and Audemars Piguet toasted the start of Watch Week with a special preview of 50 exceptional Royal Oaks offered in Antiquorum’s May 13 auction. The  event, held at the Audemars Piguet flagship boutique, celebrated the iconic model’s 40th anniversary. Guests admired the extraordinary timepieces while discussing Antiquorum’s upcoming watch auctions.

The exceptional collection presented included some spectacular models such as The Royal Oak Jumbo “A Series,” No. 88, a Royal Oak Jumbo Retailed by Bulgari that had previously belonged to the President of Venezuela Carlos Andres Perez as well as a diamond set 18K white gold Grand Complication, Piece Unique No1/1.

Guests were treated to champagne and delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Tastings NYC. Mr. Francois-Henry Bennahmias (President & CEO, Audemars Piguet (North America) Inc.) started the evening with a humorous speech followed by Antiquorum’s Julien Schaerer who spoke about the rich history of the Royal Oak and some of the special timepieces offered in the May 13th sale.

At the event, guests had the opportunity to try on the watches on display and speak to the experts about the exceptional collection.  The evening was a great success and the guests particularly enjoyed discussing their passion for collectible modern and vintage timepieces.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Buying A Watch With Peace Of Mind

Patek Philippe ref. 2523, World Time, Guilloche Gold Center
After more than 35 years, Antiquorum Auctioneers is still the leading place to find exceptional, luxury watches. We have tried to make the process of purchasing a watch simple and easy. We have 10 auctions throughout the year. Watches can be viewed online at, through the printed catalog or at the auction location site. It is as simple as registering to bid, bidding, purchasing and receiving your new watch. There are safe and easy ways to bid in one of our watch auctions: you can bid in person at the designated auction house, bid through the website online in real time at, by telephone or through an absentee bid.

All the watches that are auctioned off have been appraised by a team of experts and horologists. The estimated valued price is listed in the lot description of each watch. Also included in each lot description of the watch is an itemized detailed description of the watch, images, and a condition report.

Antiquorum has set world records in sales for watches, wristwatches, clocks, marine chronometers and regulators at auction. We have sold 51 of the 85 top selling timepieces of all the major auction houses. We will only sell items that are authentic and appraised by a team of experts and horologists.

An Antiquorum watch and timepiece auction is the leading way to buy and sell modern and vintage watches and timepieces. Buyers are able to view and choose the item that they are wishing to purchase with the knowledge that it is genuine and appraised. The knowledge that you are purchasing an authenticated timepiece gives you the peace of mind to bid with ease and comfort and without hesitation.