Sotheby’s autumn sale of Important Watches on Sunday November 13 in Geneva will be spearheaded by the “Clarin Mustad 1518” – a unique Patek Philippe reference 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph that is estimated to sell for between $890,000 and $1,330,000. The sale also includes two Rolex wristwatches that belonged to leaders of the post-World War II era.
The star lot of the sale is the Patek Philippe “Clarin Mustad 1518” ‐ a unique reference 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph. Made on special request in 1944, this watch with attached 18K pink gold brick link bracelet, moon‐phases and French calendar on a specially made pink dial was dedicated to Clarin Mustad (1871‐1948), a Norwegian industrialist who contributed to the emergence of the car industry in Europe.
Produced between 1941 and 1954, the Reference 1518 was the first perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch to be manufactured in a series by any firm in the world. Forty-seven pink-gold examples are known to exist, and the “Clarin Mustad 1518” is the only one known with such a bracelet and lugs.