Having previously held auctions in the late 1990s to early 2000s under the banner of Finale Art File, Finale Auctions was relaunched after a long hiatus with a focus on Philippine Art, with its most recent auctions held in October 2017 and April 2018. Since then, they have expanded into other collecting categories, with their upcoming inaugural auction for watches & jewelry on the 14th of October at 2:00 PM shaping up to be quite a collection.
The Watches & Jewelry auction will comprise of hard-to-find modern timepieces, rare vintage examples, and historically important timepieces. One of the highlights of the event is arguably one of the most well-known and coveted watches by watch enthusiasts and collectors globally, the Rolex Daytona “Paul Newman”. These variants have risen to become one of the most valued timepieces in recent history, setting auctions records around the world. Finale Auction’s Watches & Jewelry sale will feature a rare Rolex Daytona “Paul Newman” Reference 6240 in exemplary condition. Purchased in 1968, this reference 6240 has remained with its original owner for fifty years and is completely all-original. This reference has made few appearances at auction houses in recent years, and to have one featured in this collection is exciting to say the least.
Another important piece in the collection is a highly collectible Patek Philippe Reference 3448J Perpetual Calendar purchased in 1978. This reference is particularly significant for the watch house as it serves as Patek Philippe’s first automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch. Looked after by its original owner and having recently been serviced by Patek Philippe in Geneva, it is in excellent condition, and comes complete with its box, certificate, and Extract from the Archives. Only 586 examples were ever produced.
Finale Auctions will also feature a H. Moser & Cie. Unique Piece, which is a one-of-a-kind perpetual calendar concept in stainless steel made to the specifications of its owner. It features Moser’s signature fumé dial in a minimalist design with no markers nor indices, with a small seconds sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position. A date window, month hand in red, and a power reserve indicator at the 9 o’clock position complete the design. A leap year cycle indicator rests on the movement side visible beneath a sapphire display case back.
The Finale Auctions preview runs from the 5th to the 12th of October at Finale Art File, Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Chino Roces Ave, Makati City, Philippines.