It’s very easy to get lost in the extreme sales of auction season – the $1m Daytona, the $500,000 stainless steel Lange, or the $2.1m Patek.  But not everything goes crazy at auction, and in some cases, it’s still THE place to rip a deal.  And today I’ll show you two watches I had my eyes on before the sale, and during, and now have a little bit of regret not making a play for – they’re both Vacherons, they’re both in platinum, and they both represent tremendous…nay…ABSURD value.   

The first watch that I genuinely really, really considered bidding on (as proven by the wristshot taken above) was at Antiquorum, and it’s a watch called the Vacheron Constantin REF 47101 PLATINUM “LES HISTORIQUES”.  The Ref 47101 was an early historical tribute to the one of both Vacheron and the industry as a whole’s most beautiful chronographs of all time, the reference 4178, from the 40s and 50s. This particular example dates to the 1990s, and as such is 36mm (1mm larger than the 4178 but smaller than later Les Historiques Chronographs), cased in solid 950 platinum, and came with original boxes, papers, certificates, and even original platinum buckle.