World Records Set at Auction

April 13, 2000

World Records Set at Auction

Six world records for watches were set at Antiquorum Auctioneers' April 2 Geneva auction, which brought in more than $5.8 million.

The top seller was a 1959 Patek Philippe wristwatch with two hands and two time zones, which sold for $97,898.

"The outstanding results achieved in this auction confirm the strong demand for antique Geneva timepieces of the 18th and 19th centuries," says Osvaldo Patrizzi, chairman of Antiquorum.

Other top-selling items included a 1961 Patek Philippe "Calatrava" center-seconds platinum wristwatch ($78,078) and a musical pocket knife, circa 1815, made in Geneva ($71,471).

- by Mark E. Dixon