Sotheby’s and partner pair watches with auction cars

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Bob's Watches and Sotheby's think you should pick buy a collector car and a collector watch, so they're doing an online auction | Bob's Watches photo

Not only do you pair a particular wine with your menu, but Sotheby’s and Bob’s Watches suggest you also pair a special timepiece with your new collector car. 

So they’re staging “Watches Online: The Driver’s Collection,” an auction that begins August 14 on the eve of RM Sotheby’s annual Monterey collector car sale.

Rolex Submariner 6538

Although its name might sound quite pedestrian, Bob’s Watches reportedly is “one of the world’s leading purveyors of rare, extraordinary, and vintage timepieces” and has worked with Sotheby’s to suggest 18 watch/car pairings.

“A love of cars and mechanical watches often go hand-in-hand,” Bob’s Watches said in its announcement. “While these two machines differ significantly in size, at their core both encompass the expert balance of beautiful design, intricate mechanics and hands-on utility. 

“The exclusive sale features a specially curated collection of timepieces, spanning decades of history, that were all inspired by a select group of cars offered by RM Sotheby’s at the Monterey event this year. The highly collectible watches range from historically significant pieces that shaped the entire horology industry, to today’s most coveted luxury watches.” 

We’ll share a couple of examples:

If you’re ready to spend whatever it takes to buy the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 with working spy gadgets that was used to promote Thunderball, Bob’s suggests you also bid on a Rolex Submariner 6538 “James Bond,” just like the one Sean Connery wore in Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger and Thunderball. The 6538 was produced only from 1955-1959 and this one, with a “Tropical” dial, is expected to sell for as much as $280,000.

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Omega Speedmaster 2998

Have your eye on that 1939 Porsche Type 64 streamliner? Consider the Omega Speedmaster 2998 with its triangular-tipped “Broad-Arrow” hands for around $50,000.

For more information, visit the Bob’s Watches website and the Sotheby’s website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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