'Most sought-after' $850k Patek to sell online

International fine watch auctioneers Patrizzi & Co will host a live online auction on Monday December 14, based in New York City.

Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 Second Series ($650k-850k)
Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 Second Series

Ninety-three collectors' watches, clocks and accessories will feature; including Patek Philippe, A Lange & Sohne and Vacheron Constantin among others.

Leading lights of the sale include a Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 Second Series, with bidding opening at $650,000 and a top estimate of $850,000.

The Ref. 2499 is one of the most sought-after Patek Philippe models. Launched in 1951, fewer than 10 were produced each year until its production ceased in 1985.

A White Gold Patek Philippe Geneve, consigned by New York Mets baseball great Lenny Dykstra, will also go under the hammer with a starting price of $28,000 (top estimate: $35,000).

A Lange and Sohne
A Lange and Sohne "Pour Le Mérite"
Tourbograph ($400k-500k)

Incidentally, for sports memorabilia fans, Dykstra's 1986 World Series Trophy will also feature in the sale, with bids opening at $17,500 (estimated at $18,000-25,000).

Bids on a "Pour Le Mérite" Tourbograph by A Lange and Sohne are set to open at $400,000 (top estimate $500,000).

Created to mark the 15th anniversary of the re-established Lange manufactory in 2005, it is the first wristwatch in history to combine a fusee and chain with a tourbillon.

Another Patek Philippe, the Ref. 5075, will also make an appearance.

Vacheron Constantin Minute Repeater, 1941 ($180k-$220k)
Vacheron Constantin Minute Repeater
made in 1941 ($180k-$220k)

In 2000, Patek Philippe launched a special set of four "Calatrava" wristwatches with hand-made cloisonné enamel dials.

Since then, the company has produced 10 sets of four watches each year - though this is believed to be the first ever Ref. 5075 to be sold individually on the market, rather than as a set of four.

It has a starting bid of $35,000 (top estimate: $50,000).

Another unique highlight is the largest wrist minute repeater ever made by Vacheron Constantin, a Minute Repeater made in 1941.

Carrying an estimate of $180,000-$220,000, the watch has a very rare 14 lignes repeater movement, previously only used in pendant watches circa 1910.

The Minute Repeater is one of only five examples ever made - although a few pedant quarter repeating watches of the same caliber also exist.

Patrizzi & Co will not charge buyer's commission for the sales.

In other fine watches news, watch this space for an update on 2009's final Antiquorum sale in New York City, featuring a number of rare Patek Philippe sales.

Images: Patrizzi & Co

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