Timeless Timepieces

at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions

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Fine Breitling, Cartier and Rolex watches from a single owner collection highlight Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' monthly sale of Jewellery, Silver, Watches, Coins and Vintage Pens. The 650 lot auction will be held on Wednesday 30th April, at their Donnington Priory Saleroom in Berkshire.

A Rolex Daytona, one of the most famous and desired chronograph watches in the world, will lead the section of watches with a tempting estimate of £7,000-9,000. Rolex took inspiration, for the Daytona, from racing drivers and car enthusiasts producing a timeless and elegant watch that remains in high demand today.

Originally called the 'Cosmograph', when introduced in 1963, the iconic sports watch adopted the name 'Daytona' after the Daytona International Speedway, a racetrack in Florida, where Rolex sponsor the 24 hour endurance race. Although it has seen a number of stylistic developments, the Rolex Daytona, remains spiritually unchanged since its creation, as has this 18 carat white gold example, circa 2003. [Lot 336]

Amongst the other highlights is a Rolex, Datejust, stainless steel wristwatch, circa 2002. The Rolex Datejust was the first wristwatch with a date function and this example is estimated at £1,500-2,000. [Lot 333]

Elsewhere in the sale, and representing the growing and buoyant vintage pens market, is a 266 lot strong section of wonderful vintage pens. A number of the pens have direct provenance to writer, collector and pen dealer, Andreas Lambrou's collection, and are illustrated in his book "Fountain Pens: Vintage & Modern," one of the main reference books on the subject. Of particular note is a Parker Lucky Curve Senior Dunofold mandarin yellow fountain pen, circa 1928, estimated at £200-300. [Lot 537]

Primarily from two private collections, the vintage pens include writing implements from leading manufactures Parker, Conway Stewart, Montblack, Mabie Todd & Co and Sheaffer, the pens are conservatively estimated with prices to suit all budgets. A Parker, Duofold, mandarin yellow fountain pen with matching mandarin yellow mechanical pencil is estimated at £100-150, [Lot 538] whilst a Mabie Todd & Co 'Swan', Leverless fountain pen in a silver black resin, circa 1938 is estimated at £40-60. [Lot 446]

The auction will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' Donnington Priory Saleroom in Berkshire, with viewing from Saturday 26th April - Wednesday 30th April. The catalogue and details of online bidding with no additional fee can be found at www.dreweatts.com


Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Frasers Autograph's. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.

Donnington Priory - 17th April 2014