By Michelle Graff
New York--Watches given as gifts by two members of American “royalty”--an Omega Constellation owned by Elvis Presley as well as a Patek Philippe from former vice president of the United States Nelson Rockefeller--will highlight Antiquorum’s upcoming watch auction in New York.

The auction house’s “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” sale will be held on Dec. 11.

patek philippe watch auctionThis Patek Philippe watch was gifted by former Governor Nelson Rockefeller to his Counsel Roswell Perkins in 1959The top lot of the sale is a Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 Third Series made in 1968. The incredibly rare timepiece, according to Antiquorum, features an 18-karat yellow gold wristwatch with a round button chronograph, 30-minute register, perpetual calendar, moon phases, and tachtometer scale. It is expected to sell for between $500,000 and $700,000.

The sale also includes a Patek Philippe Ref. 1463 circa 1956. The rare manual winding, 18-karat yellow gold wristwatch features a round button chronograph, register, tachometer, and Breguet numerals.

It was gifted by former New York Governor and later Vice President Nelson Rockefeller to his Counsel Roswell Perkins in 1959 in appreciation for work done by the latter during the governor’s first year, and is engraved with “R.B.P, Jan. 1 – Mar. 25, 1959, N.A.R.” It has a presale estimate of between $150,000 and $200,000.

Another top lot in the sale will give Elvis Presley fans the chance to own an Omega Black Dial Constellation Calendar owned by “The King” himself. The piece, produced in 1960, is a self-winding, center seconds stainless steel and rose gold-capped chronometer wristwatch with a black dial.

This watch was later given to Presley’s close friend and fellow musician Charlie Hodge, and is accompanied by a letter of attestation from Charlie Hodge, Antiquorum said. It could sell for up to $20,000. 

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