Kaplans Important Watches Preview

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The most anticipated auction in Sweden this spring is the Kaplans Important Watches Auction taking place this saturday, the 16th of May. I took a look at three magnificent Patek Philippe from the auction last week, click here to read it.

Here’s a selection of my favorites from the auction!


Lot 1 – Vacheron Constantin ref. 4072

The cover watch of the auction catalogue  and perhaps the most beautiful Vacheron Constantin I’ve seen. The most striking is the champagne dial which literary glows in the right light. Some details like the pushers are in pink gold which gives a nice touch. The most fascinating is that a watch from 1945 can after all these years look so crisp.


Lot 141 – Audemars Piguet ref. 5402ST

Some classics like the Royal Oak never seem to go out of fashion. The main reason is perhaps the timeless design by Gerald Genta, copied by many as with every great design. This is a “Jumbo” from the C-series and it’s being debated if it’s a service dial or not. The AP logo is rumored to have been on the lower part of the dial in the A and early B series. It’s however not the case according to Kaplans since this watch has it’s original dial, interesting to say the least! This watch is from around 1978 and was fully serviced at the factory in 2014.



Lot 130 – Richard Mille RM0005

Perhaps an odd bird among the selection but never the less an interesting watch is this Richard Mille. Made of 18k pink gold and incredible technically advanced as always with RM. Skeleton movement which can be truly appreciated through the sapphire case back. Perhaps the only downside is the price, to some the charm with RM.


Lot 94 – Universal Geneve ref. 881101

Universal Geneve is one of the most hyped watch brands among enthusiasts at the moment and it’s easy to understand why. The Tri-Compax is a beautiful chronograph with a panda dial, from the same era as the Rolex Daytona ‘Paul Newman’. It’s perhaps a bit too much with a moon phase at the top of the dial. Cal 281 inside in this ref 88110 which measures 36 mm, perfect for us with a little thinner wrists.



Lot 43 – Rolex Daytona ref 16528

The Rolex Daytona with the Zenith movement is perhaps the most beautiful modern sports watch to date. This particular watch is in 18k yellow gold which makes it perfect for your summer holiday in Cote d’Azur. Inside is the cal 4030 which is a movement produced by Zenith for Rolex from 1988 until the in-house cal 4130 was introduced at BaselWorld in 2000. Overall an exceptional watch from 1994 with box and papers.

For full listing click here, see you at the auction the 16th of May!


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