We have spoken to Carl Palmegren, Head Specialist Watches, about a few highlights leading up to the auction on November 10th.
One of many highlights in this auction is the unusual and in-demand Universal Geneva Polarouter' SAS Dial'. This historically important watch was produced to a few of the crew on the first flights SAS carried out between Copenhagen and Los Angeles, the first flight to go via the North Pole, a route which SAS named 'SAS Polar Route'.
The assignment to design the wristwatch was given to a then relatively unknown watch designer named Gérald Genta, who later in life designed both Audemars Piquet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus. The first watches in this future classic from Universal Geneva bear the SAS emblem on the dial and the text Polarouter.
These watches rarely appear at auction and the international interest is usually very significant for this watch with the Swedish connection. What further distinguishes the auction's Polarouter is that its full provenance is intact — submitted by the family to SAS pilot Ludvig "Ludde" Lindgren. Ludvig began his career as a fighter pilot, and after World War II he began flying for ABA, which in the late 1940s was part of the formation of SAS. Furthermore, the watch is in a fine condition with original features and a beautifully patinated dial.
The iconic 'moon clock', was launched in 1957 with reference 2915 and was shortly followed by reference 2998 which was in production for four years, 1959-1962. During these four years, an estimated 8,000 watches were produced in eight different estate references 2998 (-1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -61, and -62).
2998 is also the first reference of the Speedmaster to be in space when Walter 'Wally' Schirra wore the watch during his journey in 1962.
This piece has a fantastic dial that over time has been given a brown shade, 'Tropical Dial'. Furthermore, it comes with the contemporary 'Tachymètre - Base 1000' and Alpha hands.
Catalogue number 33 is a Nautilus 5711 composed of steel with an integrated original bracelet in excellent condition. The watch attains the original box and certificate dated from 2015. Catalogue number 22 is another unusual and desirable model, composed of white gold with the number of reference 5712. The watch comes with a box and certificate dated from 2012. These two watches with these unique reference numbers are both included in Patek Philippe collections. Yet, these watches belong to the Patek Philippes most desirable models and there are extended waiting times in order to purchase one of these extraordinary watches.
The catalogue number 25, 1775 GMT-Master originates from the original owner and includes all the additional accessories preserved since the purchase in 1977 including the receipt.
The catalogue number 83, the 1680 Submariner originates from the first owner and holds a certificate dated February 1972, including several accessories.
The catalogue number 66, with the reference number 1655 Rolex Explorer II include a certificate dated 1984 and has not been of use the previous thirty years, presented in an exceptionally excellent condition.
Viewing: 5 – 9 November, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm.
Open: Mon–Fri 11 AM – 6 PM, Sat-Sun 11 AM –5 PM.
Auction: 10 November, starts at 7 pm, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm.