If you’re looking to invest in an iconic timepiece (say, from the personal collections of Elvis Presley or Robert Downey Jr.), look no further than Phillips’ spring auctions. On view through Monday in Manhattan (450 Park Ave.), Phillips is hosting two auction previews, Daytona Ultimatum and Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN, which will then travel to Geneva’s Hôtel La Réserve for sales on May 10 through 12.
The Daytona Ultimatum features an exclusive collection of 32 of the rarest Rolex Daytonas (iterations of the original 1963 model). Among them: a vintage, white-gold (which experts believe to be a one-off for the brand) Rolex Cosmograph Daytona model, affectionately known as “The Unicorn,” and formerly owned by horological expert John Goldberger. All proceeds from the sale of this particular piece will benefit Children of Action, a Swiss foundation dedicated to helping global youth.
Immediately succeeding the close of the Daytona Ultimatum sale, Phillips will kick off a two-day general sale, Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN.
Here, one-of-a-kind pieces like Elvis Presley’s personal Omega watch (retailed by Tiffany & Co.) will be auctioned. RCA Records gifted this white-gold and diamond wristwatch to the artist upon his sale of 75 million records, inscribing it: “To Elvis, 75 Million Records, RCA Victor, 12-25-60.” No other Presley-owned watch has been marketed before.
Another notable piece in the Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN is Robert Downey Jr.’s own Urwerk UR-110RG which he wore in last year’s Spiderman: Homecoming movie as Iron Man. While the design was launched seven years ago by the lesser-known Swiss watchmaker, it’s wandering hours complication was reinvented within an asymmetrical, pink gold and PVD-treated titanium case in this one-of-a-kind piece. Per the actor, all proceeds from this sale will support Manusodany, a non-profit that develops funds for disadvantaged Haitian individuals.
Visit the auction house now to see more standout timepieces and hear their stories.