Exclusive Timepieces 23 –⁠ 24 April 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.

Session I
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Session II
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Session III
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273

88 Seikosha Very Well Preserved and Historically Important, Tensoku-Doke, Oversized Wristwatch in Nickel, Made for Kamikaze Fighter Pilot

Estimate: € 18,000 –⁠ 32,000

Sold € 23,400

Lot Description

Model: Tensoku-Doke
Case Material: Nickel
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1940’s
Movement: Manual
Case N°: 73 415
Dimensions: 48.5 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

The present timepiece is an extremely rare and historically important piece of archive from World War II. Preserved in exceptional condition and still fully intact, this rare and important Tensoku-Doke was manufactured by Seikosha and is also known as the “Kamikaze” as it was originally worn by Kamikaze pilots in action during WWII. Considering this detail, it follows how the lot here offered is extremely rare: there was only very few examples made and even less are still preserved today, as most disappeared, having been destroyed in the wreckage or lost in action along with its owner. The present example is in very impressive condition considering the history and purpose of this military timepiece with a gorgeous mat black dial, big Arabic numbers and outer 5 minutes/seconds red track.