Watch collectors came from far and wide to attend Webb’s auction of Sierd Bouma’s lifetime collection on Saturday 19 September. Over 360 rare and unique pocketwatches, carriage clocks, marine chronometers and wristwatches went under the hammer at Webb’s.
The pieces came from Sierd Bouma’s collection, inherited by his family when he passed away.Sierd spent his retirement years visiting family overseas and at every opportunity he would visit antique shops, second hand shops, flea markets and swap meets – constantly adding to his collection, pulling things apart and getting things working again. He collected vintage and antique timepieces over a sixty year period, dedicating much of his life to his love for the watch. He didn’t believe in collecting anything singularly and his taste was truly eclectic.
A vintage Rolex from 1958 sold for $61,000 at the auction which saw strong bidding from both watch collectors and enthusiasts alike. The wristwatch, similar to those worn by Sean Connery in the James Bond films, achieved the highest price ever sold for a vintage wristwatch at auction in New Zealand. The winning bid came from a telephone bid from the United States. A stunning 19th century cobalt blue pocket watch proved a real crowd pleaser selling for a remarkable $15,000, which was $12,000 over it’s price estimate. Nearly all of the pieces in the auction sold well over their estimates resulting in total sales of nearly half a million dollars.
There will be another auction of the remaining 300 pieces from his collection on 7 November at Webb’s. Following this, a third and final sale is scheduled for March 2016.