Christies Speedmaster Sale

Due to take place on December 15th 2015.

I would put photos but I do not have any of my own – this is a quick reaction to the published catalog.

Christies have made a fanfare and is presenting 50 Speedmasters for sale, (oops no, 48 watches and two non watch items) including some Alaska prototypes, a flown speedmaster, an astronaut’s commemorative gold speedmaster, (one of three BA145.022’s) and several other not so interesting later limited editions.

You can see the catalog here

Now before you get too exited, there are only 21 vintage, (Pre -78) Speedmasters. There are some interesting prototypes and space connected watches. There is even the infamous waste of time collection on sale, again – the case of near identical 1861 speedmasters, though to be fair, at least this time the estimate is half to a third of what I have seen asked recently.

The sale is a little upside down, normally I see auctions starting low, and introducing more and more interesting lots as it proceeds. Here we slap straight into the most valuable speedmaster in the world. The 2915-1. All manner of questions must be asked of this watch, especially in view of the recent bezel debacle, where several supposed vintage bezels have surfaced on the market only to be exposed as new made items. With a steel bezel like this, these is no reason that would prevent a skilled artist replicating it beyond my ability to tell.

I am not in a position to comment about the content as I have not examined all of them, but my thoughts on the 2915 are as follows:

At first sight it looks very good indeed. The case is almost unworn, and the lugs show a profile I have only seen on a NOS 2998-1. So I believe the case is correct. The rear case back has the speedmaster around the edge, as it should. The dial looks to be correct, with the shorter 5 minute markers on the right subdial. (the 2998 dial is a little longer).

The hands worry me. The hour hand looks like the arrow head is similar to repro I have seen, but the minute does not worry me so much. (I do not know enough).

The bezel scares the pants off me.

The short answer on this 2915 is that it scares me. It is a lot of money to put down for a fantastic case and a bezel and hands that to me, because of my inexperience, I cannot say for sure are original.

Lets sum up the rest of the sale:

Lot 3                     2915-1                 $100,000 – $150,000                       NOS Case

Lot 4                     2915-2                 $50,000 – $80,000

Lot 5                     2998-1                 $20,000 – $30,000                           Tropical

Lot 6                     2998-4                 $8,000 – $12,000

Lot 7                     2998-62               $12,000 – $18,000                           Massive Chono Creep

Lot 8                     105.002-62         $5,000 – $8,000

Lot 9                     105.003-64         $8,000 – $12,000                             Tropical

Lot 10                   105.003-65         $8,000 -$12,000               Non Valuable history

Lot 11                   105.012-66         $4,000 – $8,000                                CB case

Lot 12                   105.012-66         $3,500 – $5,500                                CB Case

Lot 13                   145.012-67         $3,000 – $5,000                                With Box and Papers

Lot 14                   BA145.022-69    $15,000 – $30,000                           No 85, with Crater Box

Lot 15                   145.022-69         $ on request                                     Flown Watch

Lot 16                   BA145.022-69    $40,000 – $80,000                           No 1007 For Ron Evans, with Crater Box

Lot 17                   145.022-69         $2,000 – $4,000                                220 bezel , with printed crater box

Lot 18                   145.022-69         $3,000- $5,000                                 tropical Dial, with printed crater box

Lot 19                   145.022-69         $6,000 -$10,000               Meister dial with box

Lot 20                   145.022-69         $20,000 – $30,000                           Racing dial

Lot 21                   BA145.022          $12,000 – $22,000                           No 971

Lot 22                   145.022-69         $3,000 – $6,000                                Straight writing back. Printed box

Lot 23                   145.022-69         $3,000 – $5,000                                Telemetre bezel Km

Lot 24                   145.022 $20,000 – $30,000                           Soyuz

Now often I go through lot by lot and give an opinion.

You will have to wait until after the sale…..

I am going to buy some of them!

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