Press Release of the 103rd Auction on November 7, 2020
23 November 2020
Whether you are looking for wristwatches, pocket watches, table or long case clocks or
even horological literature – you will find them all in the catalogue of Dr. Crott Auctioneers.
Along with the classics such as Rolex and Patek Philippe, the main focus of the auction is on
timepieces made in Glashütte. A short review of the 103rd
auction in early November...
In our 103rd Auction:
A. Lange & Soehne no. 82019, Minute repeating pocket watch with hour and quarter self-strike.
29 September 2020
Huber's "Lange Liste" has a short entry "No. 79"
on page 224 – it only lists four watches with "strike
(Grande et Petite Sonnerie and minute repeater)".
In the upcoming auction held by Auctioneers Dr.
Crott/Stefan Muser in Mannheim on November 7,
2020, one of these extremely rare timepieces will be
Press Release of the 102nd Auction on June 29, 2020
27 July 2020
For the first time ever, Dr. Crott's auction took place at the new location on Mannheim's Rheinpromenade.
Despite the dramatic constraints of the Covid-19 situation and the postponement to the end of June, the
spring auction turned out a resounding success. Due to the legal restrictions, no more than
99 participants were allowed in the auction room at one time, which meant that the majority of
prospective buyers took part remotely, either by telephone or online via the auctioneers' web site ...
Charles Frodsham & Co. – High-End Watchmaking
08 May 2020
In keeping with the traditional work of the great chronometer maker Charles Frodsham (1810-1871) of London,
a team of exceptionally skilled watchmakers has created a wristwatch with a double impulse escapement,
developed from the plans drawn up by George Daniels. Stefan Muser is the recipient of one of the first examples –
and goes to collect his watch from London in person.
Press release, 100th and 101st auction,
November 15th and 16th
02 December 2019
Dr. Crott Auctioneers celebrated their anniversary event with an exquisite collection of 100 truly spectacular lots,
which proprietor Stefan Muser had brought to Frankfurt from all over the world – large clocks, fine pocket watches
and – of course – a great number of classic vintage wristwatches. ...
Press Release of the 99th Auction on May 11, 2019
02 July 2019
The auctions in Frankfurt have been a meeting point for national and international collectors for
a while now and the room at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel was predictably full, when
Stefan Muser started off with the traditional Glashütte stretch. ...
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chronometrie (DGC, German Society for Timekeeping) awards
certificate of honour to Stefan Muser
05 July 2018
In recognition of his efforts in saving the Riefler archives and enabling their relocation to the library of the DGC,
the German Society for Timekeeping awards a certificate of honour to Stefan Muser.
Press Release of the 98th Auction on November 10, 2018
10 January 2019
The object that was called as lot no. 91 in the busy auction room at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport
Hotel was of superior museum quality: John Mottram’s magnificent clock with musical automaton had
been created specially for the Imperial Court of China. The clock is one of the most sumptuous pieces
ever produced by the London maker and has survived the centuries in perfect condition -
it was worth as much as 530,000 euros to the Chinese collector to take this treasure home ...
En route to the German computer
05 July 2018
In our 98th
auction: a historical calculating machine by Prof. Wolfgang Hohenadl.
Press Release of the 97th Auction on May 12, 2018
04 June 2018
It's not everyday that an auction starts with a loud cry of joy - but this one certainly did,
when one very happy client realised that the magnificent Sattler Troja with full-size strongbox
in the base was coming home with him ...
The new title story of The Horological Journal about
"Jacobus Nauta - The Thinnest Watches of their Time"
07 May 2018
Read an article by Rachel Reeves about Lot 415 of our 97th auction published in The Horological Journal, May 2018.
Press Release of the 96th Auction on November 18, 2017
Dezember 11, 2017
They will always be highly sought after collector’s pieces: the tourbillons
of supreme quality like those Auctioneers Dr. Crott presented during their
autumn auction all found their buyers for prices that corresponded to their
Lange & Söhne and Dr. Crott Auctioneers
November 27, 2017
For all of us understanding the Chinese language: a long report about Lange & Söhne
and Dr. Crott Auctioneers by ePaiLive.com, a Chinese auction houses web portal.
At our 96th auction on November 18, 2017:
Selected pieces of one of the most
important private collections in Europe
November 02, 2017
At Auctioneers Dr. Crott we are proud
to present - together with a wide range
of fine pocket and wristwatches,
table clocks, precision pendulum clocks
and rare ship’s chronometers - a number
of pieces from one of the most
important private collections in Europe
at our upcoming 96th
November 18, 2017 in Frankfurt.
JEWELLERY WITH SECRET MESSAGE 'DECODED': HEURES D'AMOUR, A GIFT FROM A KING
October 30, 2017
One of the top lots of our upcoming auction on November 18, 2017 at the Sheraton Frankfurt
Airport Hotel is a precious "Montre Médaillon à Tact" in a Tavernier "forme collier" case;
a pocket watch that was given as a gift by Napoleon’s brother Jerome Bonaparte, King of Westphalia.
The watch bears a concealed engraving "Donné par le Roi" (a gift from the king) and a secret acrostic
message "HEURES D'AMOUR" (love hours) -
an exquisite piece of jewellery that, 200 years ago, was used to send a tender message …
A HIGHLIGHT FOR OUR NEXT AUCTION ON MAY 6
March 22, 2017
Attributed to Ilbery, London, 98 x 58 mm, 113 g, circa 1810
A very fine gold enamel pocket watch with centre seconds, studded with agate, moss agate, cornelian and split pearls in museum-like quality, for the Chinese market
PRESS RELEASE OF THE 94th AUCTION ON NOVEMBER 12, 2016
17 January 2017
After shipping our catalogue, it did not take us long to realise that the 94th auction would not
be like any other auction. The number of advance bids as well as the internet bids grew with
unprecedented speed - not unexpectedly perhaps, after all it is not every day that a complete
museum is put to auction!
REMARKABLE COLLECTOR'S PIECES FROM THE WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM WUPPERTAL AT THE 94th AUCTION
26 September 2016
The Abeler family's famous watch and clock museum in Wuppertal closed its doors for good in September 2016.
Special collector's pieces from the museum will be part of our 94th
AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS IN MUNICH
19 September 2016
PREVIEW OF THE 94TH
OCTOBER 16; 2016 AT THE UHRENBÖRSE MÜNCHEN
HOTEL DOLCE, UNTERSCHLEISSHEIM
OUR NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
23 August 2016
Noteworthy consignments for the 94th
auction on November 12, 2016, Hotel Sheraton Frankfurt Airport
PRESS RELEASE OF THE 93rd AUCTION
30 May 2016
Dr. Crott Auctioneers held their first auction of 2016, their 93rd
, on Saturday,
May 14, 2016. Even though it was a "long" bank holiday weekend,
the Skyloft at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel filled up easily with all
the lovers of fine timepieces who had come from near and far. On Friday
afternoon and Saturday morning the collectors had made good use of
the allocated preview time and studied all the lots in great detail.
A SENSATIONAL FRUIT!
29 April 2016
Supplement lot 204.1
in our 93rd
Auction on 14 May 2016
A gold and enamel watch of museum quality studded with half pearls, created for the Chinese market: "The Peach".
To the best of our knowledge this is one of only eight such
pieces in the world and at the same time the largest and most
extravagant of the surviving peach watches. This example seems to be the most important and most valuable
Ilbery watch on the market today.
PRESS RELEASE OF THE 92nd AUCTION
ON NOVEMBER 14, 2015
23 November 2015
With the anniversary year coming to a close, Dr. Crott Auctioneers held
auction on November 14, 2015. As for the two-day anniversary
auction in May, a large number of lovers of fine timepieces had arrived at
the Skyloft at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel.
MUNICHTIME: A WORLD OF FINE TIMEPIECES
09 November 2015
Munichtime watch fair took place
from October 30th
to November 1 , 2015,
promoting "A World of Fine Timepieces"
and showing the novelties and latest collections from the fairs in Geneva (SIHH), Basel
(Baselworld) and Hong Kong (Watches & Wonders).
RIDING A HONG KONG JUNK OR TREADING THE RED CARPET – PLAIN SAILING FOR DR. CROTT AUCTIONEERS
20 October 2015
Hong Kong preview of the 92nd
and GQ Time Awards in Munich
Auctioneers Dr. Crott held their second
international preview in the anniversary year in Asia's watch and clock metropolis Hong Kong. The preview for the upcoming
auction in November took place from September 27 to 29 in the auction house's rooms at Time of
"A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME"
20 July 2015
Dr. Crott Auctioneers made good use of the "quiet" time after the 91st
auction and went on a three-day educational trip to Switzerland;
the program Seffi and Stefan Muser had prepared for their team included three of the most eminent museums of the country.
BREGUET No. 5
30 June 2015
Only a few weeks after a successful anniversary auction that celebrated
40 years of Dr. Crott Auctioneers, the auction house in Mannheim confirms the consigment
of a very small and extremely rare miniature pocket watch by Breguet for their 92nd
REPORT ON OUR 91st AUCTION
26 May 2015
In the year of their 40th
anniversary, Dr. Crott Auctioneers held their 91st
of May 2015. Many national and international collectors had travelled to the SkyLoft at
the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Center; the event had been preceded by a
series of international previews in Basel, Hong Kong, New York and Glashütte, raising a great
deal of interest in the auction.
PREVIEW IN THE WATCH MUSEUM OF GLASHÜTTE
13 May 2015
The fourth and last station of Dr. Crott Auctioneers' series of international previews took place on May 10th
during the "2nd
Glashütter Antik-Uhrenbörse" at the German watch museum in Glashütte.
INTERNATIONAL PREVIEW NEW YORK
30 April 2015
New York City was the third station of Dr. Crott Auctioneers' series of international
previews and introduced the precious pieces to the American collector's market.
The preview of the anniversary auction took place on April 24th
at the Aaron Faber Gallery on
famous Fifth Avenue.
INTERNATIONAL PREVIEW ASIA / HONG KONG
16 April 2015
The metropolis of
Hong Kong was
the second station
of Dr. Crott Auctioneers' series of international
and covered the
INTERNATIONAL PREVIEW SWITZERLAND / BASEL
30 March 2015
Howells' Antique Watches in Basel was the first station of Dr. Crott Auctioneers' series of international previews of the anniversary auction (91st
auction) on May 15 and 16, 2015 at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Center.
09 March 2015
This year the Dr. Crott Auctioneers are celebrating their 40th
anniversary. The house still bears the name of its founder
Helmut Crott, who in 1975 was certainly breaking new
ground when he established a business that focused on
timepieces of all kind. Success came with the renaissance
of the mechanical timekeeper - surely a reaction to the soulless
quartz watches and clocks of little value that flooded
the market in ever increasing numbers and ever decreasing
quality. The ticking works of art had lasted the time in the
loving care of faithful collectors and many in an unopened
drawer of a dusty wardrobe - and more and more people
began to develop an interest in vintage watches and clocks.
THE LANGE BOOK IN THE CHINESE MEDIA
14 July 2014
The presentation of the Chinese edition of Reinhard Meis' book met great response in the Chinese print media and the internet.
Here are some clipping highlights.
LANGE COMES TO CHINA
10 July 2014
The Lange flagship store in Shanghai and Dr. Crott Auctioneers organised a press conference and question time.
Read some highlights of the discussion held by Stefan Muser with collectors and clock enthusiasts.
ROLEX SUBMARINER LOT NO. 134
11 May 2015
We have documented an interesting exchange of letters to this remarkable Rolex "Oyster Perpetual 200m/660ft Submariner".
PREVIEW OF THE 90th AUCTION / ROLEX OYSTER SOTTO
08 May 2014
As preview to our autumn auction we can present a Rolex "Alpina Cosmograph Oyster Paul Newman" - so called "Oyster Sotto".
This is doubtlessly not only the most prized and valuable version of the Paul Newman Rolex Daytona, but also the rarest model of all.
SUMMARY OF THE 89th AUCTION
20 May 2014
The European watch auction week 2014 kicked off in Frankfurt with the 89th
auction of Dr. Crott Auctioneers on Saturday, May 10, 2014 and brought friends and connoisseurs of
beautiful timekeepers from all over the world to the city on the Main.
SUMMARY OF THE 88th AUCTION
28 November 2013
Full house in the Sky Loft of the Sheraton Hotel at Frankfurt Airport: the floor in front of the podium was packed
to the last seat when auctioneer Stefan Muser kicked off the auction at 12 o'clock, well aware of the fact that it
would be a long day - the catalog for this auction contained 679 lots waiting for their new owners.
HUYGENS' PERFECT MARINE BALANCE LONGITUDE CLOCK
1 October 2013
The top lot of our 88th auction is HUYGENS' PERFECT MARINE BALANCE LONGITUDE CLOCK "BMP2" - a
truly outstanding historical highlight that was only recently rediscovered.
THE RELENTLESS RISE IN THE POWER OF ROLEX
16 May 2013
Read an article of the Magazine de la Haute Horlogerie about the recent auctions.
SUMMARY OF THE 87th AUCTION
16 May 2013
Visitors on the gallery of the large conference room at the Sheraton Airport
Hotel at Frankfurt were treated to a fascinating view of the bidding floor and the
auctioneer's stage. To the left of the room a group of company representatives
looked after the numerous national and international clients who had chosen to
bid by telephone. Many of the German buyers had used the public holiday of
Ascension (which fell on the Thursday before the auction) for a short getaway but
still wanted to participate in the auction - so the number of telephone bidders
was higher than ever.
CHAPTER RING CLOCK WITH CENTRAL TRIAXIAL TOURBILLON
19 March 2013
"The motive behind building this extremely complex clock was to have a central triaxial tourbillon and to allow the observer to examine
every single detail of the intricate construction."
KICKING OFF THE SEASON UNDER PALM TREES!
5 March 2013
Every year at the end of January the Miami Beach Antique Show calls us accross the pond – to come and visit in Florida, where as usual for this time
of year it is much warmer and sunnier than back home. The lovely weather, the gentle sea breeze blowing accross
the city and the marvellous sandy beaches close by might make the visitor hesitate to enter the colossal
Miami Beach Convention Center, making it necessary to bear in mind that South Beach and North Bay will
still be there on Tuesday – but the Antique Show will not!