The ‘Doctor’ Is In: Ultra-Rare Watches from Phillips’ Geneva Sale
Words by: JPS for duncan quinn
We recently waxed poetic on a ludicrously cool Breitling Duograph coming up for auction by Phillips in Geneva
|3. Patek Philippe Ref. 1463 “Freccero”, up to $575,000
We’ve noted our predilection for ultra-rare Patek sports models, and this water-resistant steel chronograph from 1955 may the coolest of the them all. Featuring a two-tone silvered dial, applied Arabic and baton hour markers, outer tachometer scale and bracelet, it was retailed by the famed firm of Freccero & Cia.
4. Omega Speedmaster Ref. 145.012-67 SP, up to $62,000
One of the rarest and most valuable Speedmasters ever, this example features “lyra” style twisted lugs with an asymmetric case incorporating crown guards and a tachometer scale on the bezel. The incredibly scarce matte black dial known as the “racing dial” is one of just ten examples known to exist.
5. Zenith EL Primero Ref. A3818, up to $12,500
In 1969 Zenith first debuted their ‘El Primero’ line as the firm’s first chronograph featuring an automatic movement, but in 1975 foolishly decided to destroy the machinery necessary to make it in favor of quartz equipment. One man hid some of the equipment however and in 1984 the saved tools were put back to work and the production of the ‘El Primero’ resumed. This is one of the originals.