While we are all for buying new watches, sometimes owning a little piece of Americana can be thrilling. If you are so inclined, this Thursday at Christie’s “An Evening of Exceptional Watches” auction in New York City, an array of pretty impressive watches are going up for sale. The auction has a segment devoted to American icons, and among the featured items are watches belonging to legendary baseball player Joe DiMaggio and to pioneer female flyer, Amelia Earhart. There is also a watch up for sale that once belonged to jazz musician Billie Holiday.
The Joe DiMaggio watch is a Patek Philippe (Reference 130) timepiece that the baseball player bought in 1948. It is an 18-karat yellow gold chronograph, Lot 5 in the auction. The watch is signed “Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, Ref. 130, Movement No. 867’276, Case No. 653’346, Manufactured in 1947." It is accompanied by an original strap, a confirmation from the brand’s archives of the purchase date (December 12, 1948), and a receipt from the last time the watch was sold at auction (May 2006). The estimates on this manual-wind watch: $150,000 to $300,000.
For slightly less, one may want to look at Lot 9. This is an unusual Cresarrow Watch Co. silver travel watch that belonged to Amelia Earhart. Documentation says the manual-wind watch that can double as a small table clock was created circa 1932 and sold by Tiffany & Co. The outer case is silver and the back is engraved: “To Amelia, In Sincere Admiration, Amy.” It is being offered with the original presentation box and three original photos of Earhart. The lot is expected to fetch between $60,000 and $120,000.
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