Weekend Watch Spotting – Very rare Rolex spotted in the HSNY Edition Weekend Watch Spotting – Very rare Rolex spotted in the HSNY Edition

Weekend Watch Spotting – Very rare Rolex spotted in the HSNY Edition

Nick Kenyon

This weekend we were lucky enough to be visited by the fantastic team from the Horological Society of New York, who were in Australia offering watchmaking classes to a few very passionate Melburnians. It was an evening that also celebrated the incredible generosity of the watch community at large, which was shown through the recent Time+Tide Watch & Act! Auction to raise money for those affected by the devastating bushfires over this summer. A number of watch manufacturers, media outlets and even private collectors offered pieces for auction, which were enthusiastically bid on by watch lovers from around the world (32 countries to be exact) and would tally up to an incredible AUD$220K that would support both fire services and impacted communities. To thank those who donated watches, as well as those who placed bids, there was a gathering at Time+Tide Headquarters that would also offer one lucky attendee a ticket to the sold-out HSNY watchmaking class. It was a night of flowing drinks and conversation. And, unsurprisingly, there were some special watches in the room, and we managed to capture a few below.

Lapel pins from the Horological Society of New York and Time+Tide Watches.
We were lucky enough to see Lot. 21 from the Watch & Act! auction, a Datejust ref. 1601 retailed by Tiffany & Co. This was generously donated by renowned Rolex dealer Eric Ku, and was won by a local collector with impeccable taste in vintage Rolex.
An unusual Rolex Prince Cellini ref. 5443.9 in white gold.
The Rolex Prince Cellini ref. 5443.9 is also one of the only watches from Rolex that features a display caseback, and a movement made from the same white gold as the case.
Another Rolex you don’t see every day.
A very nice signet ring featuring a watch movement, made right here in Australia at AHW Studio.
The Grand Seiko ref. SBGR289.

It wouldn’t be a watch event without spotting the quintessential dive watch.
Germany was also represented in the room with this Junghans Meister Pilot Chronograph.
A crowd favourite, the Seiko Alpinist looking dressed up on a jubilee bracelet.