Ineichen Zurich
Ineichen Zurich
Press Kit
Ineichen: Switzerland's leading auction house
Peter A. Ineichen, the founder of Ineichen Auctioneers, was mostly interested in the history of chronometry and began to specialize in watches and clocks. In 1975, only two years after Ineichen auction house was founded, it was entrusted with the world renown collection of the Hellmut Kienzle watch museum.
Founded in 1973, Ineichen is the oldest auction house with a focus on watches in Switzerland. Today Ineichen, located in the heart of Zurich, is a trusted, full-service auction house with an international reach.

Since mid-1970s Ineichen Auctioneers have been continuously working 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.

For many years, Ineichen Auctioneers also held auctions for antique toys, helvetica, drawings, militaria, scientific instruments, books, carpets and antique valuable papers. Since 1990s Ineichen Auctioneers began holding auctions with a focus mainly on watches, jewellery and antique toys. Exclusive wristwatches, such as Paul Newman Rolexes, panda dial Tag-Heuer Carreras or Nautilus Patek Philippes, were sold to an international audience.

During the November 1997 auctions Ineichen Auctioneers organized a highly regarded exhibition on "Abraham Louis Breguet, 1747-1823"

In 2009, Ineichen Auctioneers found a new home in Zurich's beautiful and busy city center. 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.

Ineichen's world records
A small but now highly renowned auction house, Ineichen Auctioneers managed to set several world records at auctions in 1970s and 1980s, especially for pocket watches:
World record for two chronometers by Parisian watchmaker Abraham Louis Breguet:
Gold astronomical pocket watch:
Fr. 500'000.-
Astronomical travel watch in silver:
Fr. 280'000.-
World's highest prices for two watches by Abraham Louis Breguet:
Gold pocket watch with tourbillon escapement
Fr. 500'000.-
Astronomical gold pocket watch
Fr. 240'000.-
World's highest price for an important astronomical tower clock from the 16th century known as the emerald clock of the Electors of Saxony.
Fr. 700'000.-
World's highest price for an enamel savonette by A. Lange & Söhne
Fr. 650'000.-
4 other Tourbillons were sold for the sum of
Fr. 1'220'000.-
Worlds highest price for an F.P.Journe Resonance Pisa Edition
Fr. 400'000.-
World highest price for the first F.P.Journe Tourbillon Pisa Edition
Fr. 300'000.-
A new perspective
Under a new management and a group of investors which took over the leadership of Ineichen Auctioneers in 2017, the auction house began to flourish again, becoming the leading auction house in Switzerland.
The striking evidence of the Ineichen Auctioneers' revival is the new world records, set by the auction house in 2020 with timepieces by F.P. Journe:

2020, Worlds highest price for an F.P.Journe Resonance Pisa Edition: Fr. 400'000.-

World highest price for the first F.P.Journe Tourbillon Pisa Edition: Fr. 300'000.
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.

Today Ineichen offers competent advice on all watches imaginable, as well as professional expertise and estimation for private and business clients.

The location on Stadthausquai, in the heart of Zurich, gave us an opportunity to run a retail business in conjunction with existing auction business in watches. 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.
174 Watch Auction on
May 22nd, 2021. How to buy?
Ineichen Auctioneers are pleased to announce that the
174 Watch Auction will be held on
22 May 2021 at 13:30 in the Metropol Zurich.
Start by familiarizing yourself with over 200 lots – you can easily do that online. Once you have found something that you're interested in purchasing, you can visit our showroom located at Stadthausquai 11-13, Zürich in person to examine the lots more closely, and our experts will be glad to answer your questions.

Then the day arrives when your desired object goes for auction. You may bid online, by phone or you may submit your bid in writing prior to the auction. Every buyer will need to pay the 24% buyer's premium including the 7.7% Swiss VAT on this premium.
There are different possibilities to bid at Ineichen Zürich:
We work hard every day to make life of our clients better and happier
In Person
On the day on of the auction you'll need to register at our premises using your photo ID (passport or driving license). Then you'll receive the bidder's paddle with your personal bidding number.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 measures, admission to auction 174 on 22 May can only be granted after prior reservation.
Live Bidding Online
Our new online bidding system is web based and does not require any additional software. Just register on website.

On the day of the auction, visit our website and follow our auction live and bid on the items of your choice.
By Phone
Place a bid by phone using the bidding form. We will call you during the auction and bid for you according to your specifications. We will execute your bid during the auction in your interest. The bidding form can be send electronically to or to Postfach 4038, Stadthausquai 11-13, CH-8001 Zürich.
By Written Bid
Place a written bid using the bidding form and submit it by post or email. We will execute your bid during the auction in your interest. We will execute your bid during the auction in your interest. The bidding form can be send electronically to or to Postfach 4038, Stadthausquai 11-13, CH-8001 Zürich.