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Aurel Bacs, the watch industry’s “Indiana Jones”

Aurel Bacs, the Indiana Jones of watchmaking
Alex Stephen Teuscher/Phillips Auction House Presenting the Work of Aurel Bacs

PORTRAIT – The success of collector’s watches at auction may be attributed in large part to one man: the individual who was responsible for auctioning off, and very frequently selling, the rarest items in the world.

In slightly more than a quarter of a century’s worth of auctions held all over the world, he will have bestowed upon collector’s watches the same letters of nobility as have been bestowed upon masterpieces, rare wines, and vintage automobiles. But Aurel Bacs, who is now 51 years old, is not content to merely give out clocks. In the beginning, he stalks them, looks for them, searches for them, and comes dangerously close to seducing them. until they are ultimately crushed by his hammer.

Whoever chooses to characterize themselves as a “dreamer of time,”

The steel Rolex Daytona chronograph that belonged to actor Paul Newman was sold at auction for $17.7 million one evening in October 2017 in New York City. Either the wristwatch that has ever sold for the largest amount of money. “I often fantasize about making discoveries,” he lets slip. When I leave M’s office dressed in a suit and tie, I fool myself into thinking that the rest of the day would be spent peacefully at home. I’m kind of like James Bond or Indiana Jones in that way. But just at the eleventh hour, you have to hop on a plane to investigate a lead, followed by a boat ride, and then a high-speed automobile chase… Fortunately…

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