I spend a lot of my time trawling through auction catalogs. They give a fascinating insight into the history, rarity, and value of wristwatches around the world.
I now have completed a list of the major auctions in Europe and will be listing these on a monthly basis.
May 2011 is a particularly busy month (best month just before the major holidays) and here are the scheduled auctions that I am aware of:
Fellows (Birmingham): Secondhand Jewells and Watches http://www.fellows.co.uk/wrist-watch-auctions
Antiquorum (Geneva): Important Collectors' Wristwatches, Pocket Watches & Clocks http://www.antiquorum.com
Sotheby's (Geneva): Important Watches http://www.sothebys.com
Christie's (Geneva): Important Watches http://www.christies.com/features/auctions/0511/important-watches/
auction.fr (Paris): Bijoux, Montres, Argenterie, Objets de Vitrine http://www.auction.fr/FR/v16788-rossini-bijoux-montres-argenterie-objets-de-vitrine/infos.html
Ineichen (Zurich): Uhren/Schmuck-Auktion No. 153 http://www.auktionshaus-ineichen.ch/aiag/index.php?id=52&L=2
Meeting Art (Milan): Modern and Vintage Watches, session I http://www.meetingart.it
Meeting Art (Milan): Modern and Vintage Watches, session II http://www.meetingart.it
Bonhams (London): Clocks and Watches http://www.bonhams.com/EUR/sale/18836/0/
Meeting Art (Milan): Modern and Vintage Watches, session III http://www.meetingart.it
Christie's (London): Elegance: Jewels, Watches & Handbags http://www.christies.com/calendar/
Fellows (Birmingham): Secondhand Jewellery & Watches http://www.fellows.co.uk/wrist-watch-auctions
Millon associés (Paris): Horlogerie Montres de Collection http://millon-associes.com/vo27052011/millon_27052011.pdf
Meeting Art (Milan): Modern and Vintage Watches, session IV http://www.meetingart.it
Meeting Art (Milan): Modern and Vintage Watches, session V http://www.meetingart.it
I will publish the June and July schedules toward end of May.
I hope you have as much fun with this as I do...