Eva Miklas is the Head of the jewellery, Silver and Watches department of Stephan Welz & Company, in association with Sotheby’s, and is also a director of the company. Her department spans a broad range of collectable and investment alternatives, and many sections showed remarkable growth in 2008. One of the more substantial growth areas was Watches and Clocks, where general departmental growth was underlined by many significant individual successes.
Eva’s positive attitude is immediately obvious…..”What a good year for watches!” she said.
“There was a fanastic selection of watches and so many went on auction to achieve great results. From a long list of successes, I would like to mention a few examples:
“In our April Auction, Lot 1050, a gentleman's 18ct gold wristwatch, Portuguese by IWC Schaffhausen hit R77 000, Lot 1051, a gentleman's Big Pilot stainless steel wristwatch from the same maker, IWC Schaffhausen, reached R66 000 and Lot 1060, a gentleman's Patek Philippe Beyer 18ct white gold wristwatch went under the hammer for R66 000.
“In our November sale, a much sought after Rolex Oyster Perpetual design, the “Daytona”,
went on auction as Lot 784. This gentleman's stainless steel and gold chronograph wristwatch went substantially over our estimates at R72 800.
“However, the highlight of the year, and of my year, was Lot 676 in our August Sale. I was lucky enough to be the auctioneer for the session, and the excitement was all too much when this beautifully crafted and presented gentleman's boxed and certificated 18ct gold
“The Officer” wristwatch by Patek Philippe sold for R268 800.
“We had a good year for pocket watches, too, with the best pocket watch on auction being lot 1011 which sold on our April sale. It was an English Gold Triple Case Watch by Rivers & Son, of London, 18th Century, which sold for R60 500.
“Clocks performed just as well. There were a number of attractive enamelled carriage clocks on our April sale that did very well : Lot 1071, a French Brunelot gorge cased carriage clock
with hour strike and repeat alarm, at R44 000 and Lot 1072, a gilt-brass semi-anglaise/gorge cased repeater carriage clock by E. Maurice & Co., 19th century, which sold for R35 200.
“Other 2008 clock department sales worth mentioning include :
In our April Auction : Lot 1081, a French ormolu-mounted boulle bracket clock
by Charles Voisin of Paris, circa 1710, which achieved R55 000, Lot 1083, a French
ormolu-mounted boulle bracket clock by Mynuel of Paris, circa 1740, which went under the hammer for R44 000 and Lot 1089, a “Pendule Perpetuelle” chromium-plated Atmos timepiece with glass dome by J.L. Reutter of France (No. 3139) circa 1930 which sold for R60 500.”
Further details on all lots can be found on the Sale Information tab on this home page, and then follow the prompts from the Past Sales option. Prices quoted are hammer plus buyer’s premium.