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July 8th 2011


Serious Collectors Wrist Watch Auction Bolsters Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter Reputation - Over 600 Fine Watches To Go Under Hammer

On Monday 18th July 2011, Fellows Auctioneers will be holding one of the UK’s largest auctions of Vintage and Modern Wrist Watches this year to comprise 600 items. The Auction takes place in Birmingham's famous Jewellery Quarter and pieces include Rolex, Omega, Cartier, Breitling, Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe.

Whether you are a watch collector or looking for that perfect timepiece, there will be something of interest with estimates ranging from £200 up to £50,000.

Stephen Whittaker, Managing Director at Fellows said: “This is one of the largest auctions of wrist watches in the UK this year and is certainly our largest ever wrist watch auction. We are really excited that we can bring an event of this size and quality to Birmingham; helping the Jewellery Quarter to gain global exposure as a part of the UK that is open for business. There is something in this auction for any watch collector and there are some sensational lots to view in the online catalogue”.

One particular lot with exceptional rarity is a 1969 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, the ‘Paul Newman Daytona’ estimated at £30,000 - £40,000. Described as ‘the vintage sports watch to own! This is one of the original early models, with a highly sought after black and cream exotic dial.

Those looking for a more elaborate purchase could consider the large selection of diamond dialed and encrusted watches by Frank Muller and Jacob and Co.

Another spectacular item is the gentleman’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date watch with diamond dial and bezel estimated at £40,000 to £50,000.

Viewing of the catalogue is highly recommended and can be seen online at Rarer losts also have complete 360 degree images to help prospective buyers inspect the items. The catalogue is also available on the Fellows Apple iPad app available from the App store or at or their new Android App available at

For more information, please contact the auctioneers directly and speak to Mary Long on 0121 212 5500 or via email on


Fellows are one of the UK’s oldest auctioneers, and are based in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, UK. It was established in 1876 and remains a family business.

Fellows’ iPad app can be downloaded free from the Apple store or by visiting



Highlighted Items (Complete with images at

Lot 3

A gentleman’s platinum manual wind John Schaeffer Repetition Minutes wrist watch, circa 1996. This particular Audemars Piguet John Schaeffer is number 25 of a limited edition number of 25 of these watches, making it the final timepiece to be manufactured in this limited edition collection.

The first Audemars Piguet Minute Repeater was created in 1907 for the famous 20th Century American industrialist John Schaeffer, after he had asked Audemars Piguet to design and customise one for him. Wanting to personalise his wrist watch, Schaeffer requested for Audemars Piguet to position the letters of his name on the hour markers of his watch. Audemars Piguet consequently replaced the hourly digit markers from 12 to 11 with the letters found in the name 'John Schaeffer'. Along with the watches' simplicity, legibility, unique 'carree galbe' case design and antique hands, the Audemars Piguet John Schaeffer is distinctive and highly desirable.
£25,000 - £35,000

Lot 140

A gentleman’s stainless steel manual wind chronograph Heuer Carrera wrist watch, circa early 1970s. Named after Le Carrera Pan Americana Rally Mexico, this Heuer model was the first to have its own brand name.
£800 - £1,200

Lot 179 (left)

A gentleman’s stainless steel manual wind Omega Chronostop Seamaster wrist watch circa 1967.
Estimate £600 - £800

Lot 188 (right)

A gentleman’s stainless steel manual wind Omega Speedmaster bracelet watch, circa 1972.
Estimate £700 - £1,000

Lot 293

A gentleman’s 18k gold automatic Patek Philippe Annual Calendar wrist watch, circa 2002. With box and papers.
Estimate £8,000 - £12,000

Lot 326

A gentleman’s stainless steel manual wind Rolex “Paul Newman” Cosmograph Daytona bracelet watch, circa 1969. Described as 'the vintage sports watch to own', this 1969 Paul Newman Daytona is one of the original early models and has the unique and highly sought after black and cream exotic dial.

With its accuracy and unique ability to calculate the average lap speed of racing cars, the 1961 Rolex Cosmograph became known as the Daytona through its association with racing and the great track.

Paul Newman's affiliation with the Rolex Daytona began with his appearance in the 1969 Indy Car film Winning in which he appeared to wear the model. Although Newman himself does not recall wearing this specific Daytona in the motion picture, his 1973 appearance on the front cover of Italian magazine Moda, wearing what again appeared to be a Rolex Daytona, only went further in cementing his association with the model. Indeed, Paul Newman himself identifies that his appearance in Moda magazine may have been the catalyst for his lifetime association with the Daytona Model. With Newman's racing career began in 1972 he made his first real public connection with the Rolex Daytona when his wife Joanne Woodward bought him a Rolex Daytona with the inscription 'Drive Slowly, Joanne' on its case.

Although Newman wore a Rolex Daytona for over 30 years, he never officially endorsed the model or publically endorsed Rolex as a brand. The term 'Paul Newman Daytona' was adopted by collectors and enthusiasts and never officially used by Rolex.
Estimate £30,000 - £40,000

Lot 473

A gentleman’s stainless steel manual wind chronograph Rolex Oyster wrist watch, circa 1947.
£12,000 - £18,000


Mary Long
Fellows Auctioneers
0121 212 5500


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