By Eric Wind
In this week’s What’s Selling Where we are bringing you a famed LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm currently on eBay, an insane vintage Bvlgari Serpenti with Jaeger-LeCoultre watch inside, another famed American astronaut’s gold Speedmaster, and tons more, including a Universal Geneve “Nina Rindt” as well as some watches to avoid and notable sales.
LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm
The LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm is unquestionably a hot watch – and it got even hotter after I wrote about Zach Norris finding one at a Phoenix Goodwill and then selling it to Eric Ku. I got pretty excited this week when one popped up on eBay. The watch has some wear, but on a positive note appears to be unpolished and except for the alarm crown, completely original. The seller was, I think, quite surprised to be fielding five figure offers within minutes of listing it.
This DSA is at $9,500 at the time of publishing. Strangely, someone with a 408 feedback rating bid it to $20,100 yesterday and then retracted a $25,000 bid, then last night someone with a 107 feedback rating bid $33,000 and today retracted that bid.
Alan Bean’s Omega Speedmaster Reference BA 145.022
Last week, I showed you a 1980s gold Speedmaster that was originally General Tom Stafford’s. I confirmed with the Stafford Air & Space Museum that General Stafford did say the story provided in the auction is correct. We received further information that General Stafford ordered two watches after his original gold Speedmaster from 1969 was stolen at a hotel at the Dallas Airport in 1985. We all should keep an eye out for that watch. General Stafford did sell his spare gold Speedmaster to the individual who has put it up for auction. The gentlemen contacted General Stafford to ask permission to sell the watch to pay medical expenses (he is in his 80s and has had some health difficulties). General Stafford approved the sale.
This week, we are bringing you an original gold Speedmaster from 1969 given to Alan Bean by Omega. The first 30 of the limited edition series of gold Speedmasters were offered to President Richard Nixon, Vice President Spiro Agnew, and 28 astronauts. While Nixon and Agnew turned down their watches, presumably for ethics or public image reasons, the astronauts gladly accepted their watches at a gala dinner on