Two watches that belonged to two icons of the 20th century are going under the hammer at Christie’s New York in December. The auction house’s evening sale of Exceptional Watches will include The Joe DiMaggio Patek Philippe Reference 130 and The Amelia Earhart Tiffany & Co. Travel Watch.
Regarded as one of the most legendary baseballs players to pull on the famous pinstripes of The Yankees, Joe DiMaggio famously secured a 56-game hitting streak starting in 1941.
Made in 1947, DiMaggio’s Patek Philippe Reference 130 offers the functional elegance of a Chronograph with desirable gold Breguet numerals beautifully set against the silvered dial. With a well-preserved case and manufacturer’s signature, this represents a very rare opportunity for both Joe DiMaggio fans and Patek Philippe collectors alike. The watch carries an estimate of $150,000 to $300,000 (£114,00 to £228,000)
Amelia Earhart was personally gifted the aforementioned travel watch from her friend and iconic British aviator, Amy Johnson. The back of its silver case is engraved To Amelia, In Sincere Admiration, Amy. The watch was presented to Amelia in 1932, the year that she had gained the title of the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
The auction takes place on December 7.