Heads up, Seiko-Folk! Bonhams auction house has announced a two-part online auction that is 100% classic and collectible Seikos. Starting on August 17 and called “Making Waves: Seiko – A Private Collection of Japanese Wristwatches,” there will be more than 200 lots available, with each and every piece having been sourced from a single, and seemingly quite impressive, personal collection.
While there are some truly rare and special pieces featured in Bonhams’ preview (more on that in a moment), it’s a special treat to hear about an auction that will feature watches that are likely to hammer at a more accessible price point. As much as I love seeing rare Daytonas and the like come to auction, for me, that love is more academic than based on my own experience (or clout of wallet). Basically, if you’ve got a thing for Seikos both old and new, this sale might just have a thing or two for you.
Bonhams’ initial press release doesn’t list everything, but it does offer a wide delta in terms of both style and price, including a handful of options that are estimated to sell for around $ 500, including a no reserve 1973 “Yachtman UFO” (seen in the lead image, right) and a 1975 “Pepsi Pogue” with an estimate between $ 320 and $ 650 (seen above, third from left). Looking for something a bit more elevated? What about the decidedly cool 2010 Spring Drive Spacewalk Chronograph ref. SPS005 (shown below and estimated to land between ~ $ 20,000 and $ 23,500).
What about something a bit more classic and arguably a lot more special? Maybe a truly rare 5718-8000 steel chronograph made for the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics? Shown below, and with an estimate of around $ 13,000 to $ 26,000, Bonhams says this is a holy grail among vintage Seiko collectors and that only a handful are known to exist.
While the estimates on some of these feel a bit low to me, this is certainly a sale worth following if you’re into Seiko watches. I have never registered for an online watch auction, but this looks like it could be a lot of fun, and it’s nice to have an activity on the calendar. Be sure to put a big “X” on August 17 as that’s when the full listing will be published and the first part of the auction will kick off (and run until the 25th). Dates and lots for part two are currently TBD, but for those of you who don’t normally pay close attention to watch auctions, you can’t say we didn’t warn you.