Ineichen Auctioneers have been selling watches and jewellery ever since its founding in 1973, delighting collectors and experts alike with exquisite and delicate objects from all eras of watchmaking and goldsmithery. For many years, Ineichen Auctioneers also held auctions for antique toys, helvetica, drawings, militaria, scientific instruments, books, carpets and antique valuable papers.
Peter A. Ineichen, who founded the house, was mostly interested in the history of chronometry and began to specialize in watches and clocks. As the oldest auction house with a focus on watches in Switzerland, Ineichen Auctioneers has established itself as an important player in the field, even internationally. In 1975, only two years after it was founded, Ineichen Auctioneers were entrusted with the world renown collection of the Hellmut Kienzle watch museum.
Prices for watches began to soar in the mid-1970s. Through this time, Ineichen Auctioneers continuously worked with important collectors to ensure a steady flow of high-quality pieces. Astronomic poke watches or carriage clocks by Abraham Louis Breguet went for record prices on the international market.
In 1977, Ineichen Auctioneers moved its business to new premises on C.F.-Meyerstrasse opposite quaint Belvoir-Park in Zurich, which allowed for regular conferences with art experts and friends. Five years later, Ineichen Auctioneers founded its publishing branch, beginning with a book on Geneva watchmaker dynasty Patek Philippe.
The boom years came to a halt in the mid-1980s, causing the Swiss watch industry to struggle and contract. A further downturn could be averted by investing in mass production, which eventually lead the interest in luxury watches to flourish again.
Ten years after its last move, Ineichen Auctioneers relocated to Badenerstrasse in 1987 and began holding auctions in the Casino across the street, with a focus on watches, jewellery and antique toys from 1996 on. Exclusive wristwatches, such as Paul Newman Rolexes, panda dial Tag-Heuer Carreras or Nautilus Patek Philippes, sold to an international audience.
In 2009, Ineichen Auctioneers found a new home in Zurich’s beautiful and busy city centre. Nestled in the prestigious House Metropol between the river Limmat, the Bahnhofstrasse and the Paradeplatz, Ineichen now offers a walk-in store where a selection of fine wristwatches and jewellery can be purchased directly, without the need to raise a paddle.
The relocation to Stadthausquai, in the heart of Zurich, gave an opportunity to run a retail business in conjunction with existing auction business in watches. Taking over the retail part of the business Ineichen Zurich, with the new management is determined to continue the tradition of family Ineichen with support from the Ineichen Auctioneers, while simultaneously adapting to the new circumstances and complexities of the global market. This responsive and flexible business adjustment, keeps Ineichen interesting for long-time consumers, while also being interesting for new buyers.
Ineichen offers competent advice on all watches imaginable, as well as professional expertise and estimation for private and business clients. While auctions take place in the facilities on Stadthausquai every May and November, topical art exhibitions adorn the sales room and offer an exciting addition to the presented watches and pieces of jewellery all year round.
Timepieces and Jewelry Auction No.170. May 2019
Ineichen Auctioneers are specialized in pocket, wrist watches and clocks since 1973. In the seventies and eighties Ineichen Auctioneers, a small but now highly renowned auction house realized several world records at auctions, especially for pocket watches.