Talking to Aurel Bacs, the charismatic and successful auctioneer of Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo

Yesterday in Geneva I had the enormous pleasure to talk to Aurel Bacs.

He will, starting tomorrow Saturday, auction during ‘The Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: SIX’inter alia ‘The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection consisting of exceptional Heuer Chronographs from the Jack Heuer Era’. 

But my conversation with Aurel Bacs is split in two parts:

First we talked about the tremendous success Aurel had as an auctioneer with the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona that belonged to Paul Newman. The watch was auctioned a couple of days ago in New York for $17,752,500 / CHF 17,709,894 / € 15,228,095.

I asked Aurel what what was going on in his head at the moment when he auctioned this stunning chronograph and when the hammer went down.

Then we talked about other brands and their vintage watches that will probably perform well in one of the next Phillips auctions. You will hear some interesting names and be able to discover some unexpected type of watches.

In the second part of our conversation we talked about the Heuer Parade. 

This is the upcoming auction of the ‘The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection consisting of exceptional Heuer Chronographs from the Jack Heuer Era’. There are some really amazing watches among the ones that will come under the hammer. 

You will also be able to discover all the Heuer vintage-chronographs from The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection and to find the appropriate information each watch. I have uploaded pictures of all the watches …

I invite you to take some time and listen to our interesting conversation and to discover the Heuer vintage-chronographs. If you are into vintage watches it is even a must!

Are you interested in getting to know more about the Heuer chronographs shown above? Please click on the link to open it in a separate window

Who is Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo?

It is the watch department at Phillips auction house, dedicated exclusively to the world’s finest collectors’ watches. Launched in November 2014 by Aurel Bacs and his partner, Livia Russo, the department was established in response to the ever-increasing need for today’s collectors to easily access scholarship, guidance and quality across the board.

In part one, as already mentioned above, we talked about Paul Newman’s legendary Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona, which sold for $17,752,500 / CHF 17,709,894 / €15,228,095, a world record for a wristwatch at auction.

The timepiece sold to an anonymous bidder (there are rumors that either Rolex or Mr. Ralph Lauren bought the chronograph) on the phone after 12 minutes of spirited bidding.

One of the world’s most legendary and sought after of all mechanical wristwatches, this timepiece is the only “exotic”-dialed Daytona that Mr. Newman owned, inspiring the legendary nickname for the most prestigious versions of Rolex’s Daytona.

This is Aurel Bacs, the man who auctioned the Rolex Daytona

And here is my conversation – part one – with Aurel, taped yesterday in Geneva …


In part two it is all about the Heuer Parade. ‘The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection consisting of exceptional Heuer Chronographs from the Jack Heuer Era’

Jack Heuer and Aurel Bacs, yesterday in Geneva…

And here is part two of my conversation with Aurel Bacs …

The Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: SIX 

11. November 2017 @ 7:30pm CET (lots 101-150)
12. November 2017 @  6pm CET (lots 151-257)

HĂ´tel La RĂ©serve, 301 Route de Lausanne, Geneva

Click here to get more insights about all the lots

By the way… 

Jack Heuer will celebrate his 85th anniversary November, 19th. If you wish to congratulate him, please post a comment. I will make sure that Jack gets your message…