Going once... three classic watches going under the hammer soon

Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II
Estimate: £700-900

Outlandish shapes and dial designs appeared in 1970s sports watches, and such pieces are gaining popularity right now. This 1970 Speedy with a “racing dial” is an early classic of the era. On the block:

Fellows auctioneers, 14 Nov
fellows.co.uk

Patek Philippe
Reference 533 chronograph
Estimate: £15,000-£20,000

The elegance and clarity one continues to associate with Patek designs are in clear evidence in this 1940 piece, which has echos in modern Patek chronos.

On the block:
Bonhams, 4 Dec
bonhams.com

Rolex
Explorer II cream dial
Estimate: £5,000-£7,000

Rolex collectors crave the cream dial Explorer, since very few were produced in a short time, before Rolex rejected that cream paint. This is a rare example.

On the block:
Watches of Knightsbridge,
23 Nov
watchesofknightsbridge.com