Sotheby’s June ‘Precious Watches’ Auction to Present Rolex ‘John Player Special’ Watches

On June 15, 2022, Sotheby’s will hold an auction of “Precious Watches” in New York. The stars of the auction are the Rolex Paul Newman Daytona “John Player Special” watch and the F.P. Journe Tourbillon Remontoi D’egalite constant-force tourbillon watch.

 First up is the Rolex Ref.6241 Paul Newman Daytona “John Player Special” gold chronograph, which has remained in the hands of the original owner since it was sold in 1970, and will make its auction debut this June.

The watch is called the “John Player Special” because of its contrasting black and gold colour scheme, similar to the Lotus Racing cars sponsored by John Player Special in the 1970s. With its original bracelet and certificate, the watch is not only rare but well-preserved, with a pre-auction estimate of $600,000 to $1.2 million.

Then there’s the F.P. Journe Tourbillon Remontoi D’egalite Constant-Power Tourbillon, produced in 1999 and a rare early example of the brand’s highly sought-after “Reference T” collection.

Released at Baselworld in 1999, this watch was not only FP Journe’s first mass-produced watch, but also the first to use a constant-power mechanism, demonstrating the brand’s commitment to complexity. Sophistication in functional watch design and technology.

 

The Tourbillon Souverain collection was originally equipped with Calibre 1498 in rhodium-plated brass, and since 2004 it was switched to Calibre 1403 in gold. The watch participating in this auction is equipped with a 38 mm platinum case and is equipped with a rhodium-plated brass movement. It is regarded as an important milestone in the brand’s history and is highly praised by FP Journe collectors. 1,000,000.

 

In addition to the two watches mentioned above, other highlights of Sotheby’s New York “Precious Watches” auction in June 2022 include the FP Journe Chronometre a Resonance, which is estimated to be $200,000 to $300,000; Vacheron Constantin Ref.80251 The watch, estimated at $200,000 to $300,000; and the Richard Mille RM 005, estimated at $100,000 to $150,000.