13 Highlights from Christie’s Current “Falling for Time” Online Watch Sale

Christie’s ongoing series of online watch sales is one of my favorite parts of the auction world. Their watch team is able to consistently curate a terrific balance of vintage and contemporary models at a diverse range of price points. Basically, there’s something for everyone. The current “Falling for Time” sale is their largest one yet, featuring over 220 different timepieces from all sorts of eras and makers. We spent the afternoon over at Christie’s HQ in Rockefeller Center yesterday combing over the top lots and a few entries that may surprise you. The sale ends this Thursday, so if any of these lots interest you or if you want to check out the rest of what’s for sale, click here or head to the third floor of Christie’s beautiful Manhattan location to see them in person.

The Omega Seamaster Chronograph “Soccer Timer” (Lot #4) might be a watch that Omega fanboys are familiar with, but for many (like myself) this might be your first time viewing one. This specific model comes from 1971 and its eponymous function allows you to time halves of a soccer match using the “45” set underneath the minute’s register. The ’60s and ’70s were full of watches with unusual sporty functions — especially from marques like Heuer, Gallet, and Omega — and the “Soccer Timer” is a pristine example of the multifunctionality a wristwatch could offer in another era. This model also comes in a nice modern size at 41 mm to complement its stainless steel, cushion case. The colorful design blends an off-white dial with neon orange hands; a red, blue, and black outer track; and red and black minute and hour counters also allows for quite a bit of vintage flair. The current bid is at $1,900 and it’s estimated to settle between $2,000 and $4,000. Full listing here.

As we’ve recounted in our ongoing 55th-anniversary series, the Heuer Carrera is one of the most cherished and iconic watches ever. Jack Heuer initially developed the Carrera to be the watch for motorsports after he made a trip down to Mexico for the Carrera Panamerica race in the early 1950s. A few years later, in 1963, the first Carrera was released. In 1965, an updated version of the original Carrera was released featuring a red tachymeter scale around the dial, which is where today’s model (Lot #25) comes in. This first-execution Ref. 2447T features a classic Valjoux 72 movement and is noteworthy for the silvered tracks which are a sign of its rarity as later Carrera models did not feature them. Not only is this a rare Carrera, but it is also a historically important timepiece that vintage Heuer addicts have long desired. The current bid is at $7,000 and it’s estimated to settle between $9,000 and $12,000. Full listing here.

Our second noteworthy Omega Seamaster (Lot #87) is an extremely rare prototype model that has is connected to Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The story goes that the prince wanted to gift a specialized Seamaster Ref. 116.075 to friends of the Monaco Oceanographic Research Institute and Museum. A few quick calls to Omega and the Ref. 116.093 was born. There are two known versions of this reference with the first being produced in 1972 featuring Cal. 1002 and the second in 1976 with Cal. 1012. The model up for bid is the latter and has been confirmed by the Omega Archives to have been “manufactured on May 22, 1975, and delivered to the OMEGA prototyping Department Budget Special Montre de Plongee.” According to Omega, only 300 prototypes were produced in total and this left-handed model is highly sought after. The current bid is at $8,000 and it’s estimated to settle between $10,000 and $15,000. Full listing here.

Continuing on the Omega trend is the Speedmaster “Ed White” Ref. ST 105.003-65 (Lot #90) from 1968. This is the same Speedmaster reference that passed NASA’s round of testing earning it the iconic Moon Watch moniker. This particular model was the last Speedy with straight lugs known as “Pre-Professional.” The “Ed White” nickname was given after White became the first American astronaut to walk in space outside the space module during the 1965 Gemini IV mission. The current bid is at $6,000 and it’s estimated to settle between $8,000 and $12,000. Full listing here. Continue reading


After months of teasers and leaked images, Audi have officially revealed the all-electric crossover. The 2019 Audi E-Tron
is powered by two powerful electric motors that are locally CO2-neutral
and virtually silent. The motors are powered by a 95 kWh battery pack,
and can propel the car from zero to 60 in 5.5 seconds with a top speed
of 124 mph. It has roughly 400 horsepower and 489 foot-pounds of torque,
although Audi says the final US spec numbers aren?t available yet. The
all-electric five-seater is the fastest charging electric vehicle on the
market, accumulating an 80% charge in around 30 minutes. The Audi E-Tron is also extremely well connected, it is equipped with the high-end
media center MMI navigation plus including LTE Advanced and a Wi-Fi
hotspot as standard. Continue reading