An Omega Constellation that previously belonged to Rock 'n' Roll legend Elvis Presley was sold for $52,500 at an auction of "Important and Modern Vintage Timepieces" on Tuesday, June 12th at Antiquorum Auctioneers in New York City.
Antiquorum said bids for the timepiece quickly escalated from $10,000 to $52,500, over five times its pre-sale estimate and a world record for the reference.
Evan Zimmerman, president and chief executive of Antiquorum said: “We are exceptionally pleased with the result for Elvis Presley’s Omega Constellation in today’s sale. Antiquorum is proud to add to its growing list of world records for timepieces with important provenance that includes Gandhi’s Zenith pocket watch, Steve McQueen’s Rolex and Einstein’s Longines."
The Omega Black Dial Constellation Calendar watch was gifted to Elvis' longtime friend and confidante Charlie Hodge, a musician who played with Presley and who was honored at the 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Hodge recalls, "… several times I told Elvis how beautiful his watch was … and he took it off his wrist and gave it to me."
The self-winding, center-seconds, water-resistant, stainless steel and pink gold-capped chronometer wristwatch with black dial was produced circa 1960. The winner of this watch will receive a letter of attestation signed by Hodge.
Few watches owned by Elvis remain from this era and considering his professional relationship with Hamilton watches and sizable collection of Hamilton and Rolex watches, this Omega is truly unique.