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Dr. Helmut Crott: Horological auctions owe him their hundreds of millions

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The relatively unpublicized expert collector Dr. Helmut Crott is the pioneer of watch auctions. He is credited with the very first thematic sale, A. Lange & Söhne. This was in Germany, in Munich, before Osvaldo Patrizzi, founder of Antiquorum, became famous with the second thematic sale in history dedicated to Patek Philippe.

 

By Joël A. Grandjean, Editor-in-Chief of JSH® 1876 Magazine and Swiss Watch Passport. Subscribe to JSH

 

Collectionneur et expert mondial, le Dr. Helmut Crott possède une collection d’anciens JSH. Ici avec l’édition de Juin 2019

 

Collector, ex-CEO of a legendary brand, world expert
After having sold Dr. Crott Auctioneers, his auction company founded in Munich in 1975, Dr. Crott became by a stroke of luck and passion the owner of Urban Jürgensen, a legendary historical brand named after a famous Danish master watchmaker who worked in Le Locle. Connoisseurs estimate that his database contains some 60,000 watches. He keeps track of their quotations and achievements over the last 40 years. He is often consulted by the major auction houses, some of which owe him the opening of their department dedicated to vintage watches. He remains the trusted advisor of a few private collectors who owe him their fortune or their square meters in the Port Franc de Genève.

 

Dr. Helmut Crott, le père fondateur des ventes aux enchères horlogères. Avant lui les prestigieuses maisons de mise à l’encan proposaient les garde-temps en même temps que des meubles, des tableaux, ou de la vaisselle rare….

 

Still in motion, the one who has entered watchmaking through the flea market, remains closely observed by the players of supply and demand, by all those who bet on the value of a model, a brand or a watch style. Who better to use as a trend indicator?

 

Le Cadran, a collector’s book, already sold out

Sold out only a few days after its release, the book Le Cadran du Dr. Helmut Crott is already a collector. It traces the history of the dial in the 20th century.

While he would deserve some quiet retirement at the bottom of a library or a watchmaking museum, this passionate man has just devoted three years of his life to the production of a reference volume, the achievement of a lifetime. It is called ” Le Cadran “, and, as the author, he entrusted the French writing to the independent journalist Joël A. Grandjean. With only 300 copies printed, the book was sold out in a few weeks and can already be found at crazy prices on some online auction platforms. When asked if he will make an English translation or a new edition, the man smiles and suggests that he will surprise us soon. Again?

 

De langue maternelle allemande, le Dr. Helmut Crot confie la rédaction en français de son livre Le Cadran au journaliste Joël A. Grandjean

 

L’ouvrage Le Cadran du Dr. Helmut Crott est certainement le livre le plus complet sur le cadran de la montre, ses métiers, ses techniques, son histoire. Un livre référence puisque, lors d’une vente aux enchères, l’authenticité d’un cadran peut faire prendre au modèle 50% de sa valeur, voire plus.

 

 

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