Auction house William George & Co. is known for its spectacular array of jewellery, particularly its timepieces.

Their forthcoming auction is of no exception: their selection of stunning watches and clocks is nothing short of superlative. Let’s take a look.

Rolex collectors will quickly recognise the significance of this piece, drawing a connection to James Bond.

Starting with Dr. No, Sean Connery wore a 6538 in several Bond films. This catapulted the watch to stardom and, because it all started with the 6538, it makes this one of the most sought-after Submariners in collecting history.

The Rolex Submariner 6538 has almost an endless list of features that distinguish it from its predecessors the 6200, 6204 and 6205. This is all because it has a dizzying number of dial variations for such a short production run of only 4 years (1955-59). There is no readily available documentation confirming the lineage of the dial productions for the 6538. At least 10 dial styles are known of with some being much more rare than others. This particular model features two lines of text, a red depth rating and no unit measurement, making it an unusual find. The dial and hands are original without restoration or replacement parts.

This stunning Patek Philippe pocket watch is dated 1856, making it over 150 years old. It comes in a 9K yellow gold case with white enamel Roman dial behind Plexiglass and it  measures 46mm and is powered by mechanical wind movement.

The Rolex GMT Master 1675 Pepsi was only produced for a short amount of time with a small GMT hand. The entire run of the 1675 lasted 21 years from 1959 to 1980, which means there are plenty of models around with small GMT hands still available, but rarely from the 1960s.

This piece contains the Rolex calibre 1560 movement and has a caseback stamped II.61, indicating a production model from the second quarter of 1961. The combination of the small GMT hand, movement calibre and production year make this piece particularly rare, as this is a transitional model just before the larger GMT hand was introduced along with the subsequent calibre 1570/5.

This Stainless steel Rolex is a gloss and gilt dial Submariner 5512 from the early 1960s. The 5512 went through several iterations, and this piece sports the meters-first two lines of writing on the dial, pointed crown guards and the rarely-seen oval hour markers. The gilt, gloss, meters-first dial has an unusual look with egg shaped hour markers.

 

Nicknamed ‘Big Red’ after the large Daytona writing above the lower hour chronograph register, this dial stands apart from most other screw-down, steel Daytonas. It is one of the most sought-after references and adorns nicknames such as the Oyster Down (Oyster Sotto), Big Red 6263, and ROC Big Red 6263. The black dial version is more popular with collectors and ROC refers to the order of wording Rolex Oyster Cosmograph.

Finally, though a circular in shape our last item is not a timepiece but a work of art.

This exquisite limited edition Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Taureau sous l'arbre (Bull Under the Tree) plate comes in white earthenware clay decorated centrally with a bull standing under a tree in oxidised paraffin (black) and white enamel.

The plate has oxidised and impressed marks to the base read EDITION PICASSO and MADOURA PLEIN FEU and is from a limited edition of 500.

The plate is accompanied with a Certificate of Authenticity from Masterworks Fine Art and supplied with Alain Raime Picasso Catalogue of the Edited Works 1947-1971 (Madoura: 1988).

All of these exquisite lots are available for bidding from William George and close on 21 November. Get in while you can.

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