Prestigious British auction house Christie’s has announced its latest sale, which will be hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel in Geneva on the 15th May 2017.
The sale, which will feature Rolex watches exclusively and is simply titled “Rolex 1930-2010s”, includes 116 lots that span 9 decades and 55 different references of Rolex watchmaking.
While the whole catalogue for the auction has yet to be released, we do know that the lower estimates start at around £1,600 and the higher estimates reach as much as £645,000. Now, we’ll be examining three of the watches that have caught our eye at the Christie’s Rolex 1930s-2010s sale.
Rolex Paul Newman Daytona ref. 6264 18K Gold with Lemon Dial & Tropical Subdials
This is undoubtedly the standout watch from the auction. This highly sought-after Paul Newman Daytona has only had two previous owners, and the tasteful lemon dial’s outer track and sub-dials have turned a pleasing brown colour from the original black.
Even regular lemon dial Daytonas are considered to be rare, but as far as luxury watch experts are aware, there is only one other known ref. 6264 with the same dial that has gone tropical.
Christie’s experts have estimated that this incredible Rolex Paul Newman Daytona with Lemon Dial & Tropical Subdials will sell for between £405,000 and £645,000. It’s certainly one to keep your eye on!
Rolex Daytona ref. 6263 with Green Khanjar Dial
Rolex watches with the distinctive Khanjar symbol on the dial were made by the Swiss watchmaker for the Sultan of Oman, who then gave them as gifts.
There are currently fewer than 10 steel Daytona watches in existence that are known to have the bright green Khanjar symbol at 12 o’clock. But to make things even better, this timepiece also has the earliest serial number of any of the known green Khanjar Daytona.
The estimates for the Rolex Daytona ref. 6263 Green Khanjar dial range between £258,000 and £339,000.
Rolex Submariner ref. 5513 with Explorer Dial
This is truly an example of what could be called the “holy grail” of Rolex collecting. It is always greatly appreciated when a real Rolex Submariner with an Explorer dial makes an appearance at an auction, as there are many fakes masquerading as the real thing. A testament to how respected these watches are, really.
This example from 1963 has the distinctive dial with an underline at 6 o’clock, a narrow coronet Rolex logo, and, of course, the iconic 3-6-9 numeral printing found on the Explorer’s dial.
Even though the dial is showing its age somewhat, that is unlikely to deter potential bidders, and could, in fact, be seen as an extra element of charm.
Christie’s auction house has given figures of between £96,000 and £161,000 as the pre-auction estimate for the Rolex Submariner ref. 5513 with Explorer Dial.
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