The year-end Phillips auction, Racing Pulse, took place Saturday, December 12, 2020 in New York. It featured several incredible and interesting replica watches to both those bidding and enthusiasts in general.
In Prices Reached: Four Richard Mille Watches And The Legendary Panerai Luminor Slytech Daylight Belonging to Sylvester Stallone On The Block At The Phillips New York December 2020 Racing Pulse Auction, I went into the two watches that actor Sylvester Stallone, long known in collector communities for his love of beefy timepieces, had consigned to this auction.
A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus
For me it is quite a surprise to see one of the blue dials A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus fake watches only launched in the autumn of 2019 already at auction. We have discussed this watch in detail here on Quill & Pad, in particular because at its launch it was quite controversial and widely discussed as this traditionally elegant brand’s very first serial stainless steel model in the current sporty trend.
While the Odysseus line is not a limited edition, it is limited by production, and there has predictably been much more demand for the piece than production has allowed. I suspected the auction price could end up pretty high, overtaking the retail price of €28,000, and I was right: it came in at just about triple the retail price! As the first one to come up, it will set a precedent, and this bears watching. The luxury copy watch offered here is unworn.
Quick Facts A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus
Case: 40.5 x 11.1 mm, stainless steel with integrated bracelet
Movement: automatic Caliber L155.1 Datomatic, assembled twice, very finely finished, German silver plates and bridges, hand-engraved balance bridge, 50-hour power reserve, in-house balance spring, 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency
Functions: hours, minutes, hacking seconds; date, weekday
Year of manufacture: 2019
Original retail price: €28,000
Auction estimate: $20,000-$40,000; result: $81,900
Jaeger-LeCoultre automatic watch donated by Bono
Bono, best known as lead singer for U2, has donated something a lot less showy and a lot more elegant and classy to the Time Counts portion of this auction than some of the others: a vintage brown leather strap Jaeger-LeCoultre replica watch with special meaning for him.
This small, very elegant watch from approximately 1965 is outfitted with Jaeger-LeCoultre’s first automatic movement with centrally mounted winding rotor: Caliber K881. The brand’s first automatic movements – as of 1947 – were fitted with bumper-style automatic movements; this is the second iteration of JLC’s automatic movement.
Bono gave this best 1:1 copy watch to his father, Brendan Robert Hewson. After Hewson passed away, Bono kept this timepiece and now generously donates it to charity. It is being offered here without reserve.
Quick Facts Jaeger-LeCoultre automatic belonging to Bono
Case: 32 mm, 18-karat pink gold
Movement: automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber K881
Functions: hours, minutes; date
Year of manufacture: ca. 1965
Remarks: accompanied by drawing of U2 lyrics of “The First Time” by Bono; photograph and signed letter
Auction estimate: $1,000-$2,000; result: $60,480