Recommended: The Biggest Heuer Auction Results of 2021 (So Far) from On the Dash
The biggest Heuer numbers of the year, so far: Seafarers, Skiperreras, and more
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Jeff Stein over at On the Dash has put together a definitive recap of vintage Heuer auction results through the first half of 2021. Here’s how Stein summarizes the state of the Heuer market:
“Looking at the ebbs and flows of the vintage Heuer market over the past five years, we can say that over the first half of 2021 sales of the best vintage Heuer chronographs met with good success. We also seem to be in the midst of a “changing of the guard” or rotation, as some models that were particularly popular in 2016 and 2017 (for example, the 1960s Autavias) settle in at stable prices but in some instances yield the top of the marquee to different models that are emerging as favorites for collectors (for example, the Skipperrera, early Seafarers and 18 karat gold automatic Carreras).”
Stein starts his summary with a Heuer we mentioned in a ‘sletter earlier this year, an Abercrombie & Fitch Seafarer with a beautiful tropical dial that ended up selling for $94.5k at Sotheby’s, among the highest results for a Heuer in 2021.
He goes on to cover Skipperrera results, “test” dials, and more, before offering his expert ruminations on the state of the Heuer market in 2021.
“Perhaps the health of the vintage Heuer market in 2021 is evidenced not so much by the reemergence of the six-figure Heuer, but by a strong layer of ‘grail’ watches changing hands in the range between $50,000 and $100,000,” Stein concludes. “The first half of 2021 saw some excellent watches change hands within this range, in what has become a strong, stable market.”
For the full report, head over to On the Dash. As I’ve mentioned before, Stein’s logical, to-the-point writing is some of my favorite in all of watches.
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