Christie’s has just announced that it will hold a ‘Rolex 1930-2010’ theme auction in Geneva on May 15, 2017. This auction will trace the history of the Rolex brand from the invention of the Oyster case (1926) to today’s Rolex brand, spanning 90 years, covering 55 different models, totaling 116 lots. Lots are priced from US $ 2,000 to US $ 500,000, and the complete catalogue has not yet been released. Here are some key lots known to date.
18K Gold Paul Newman Daytona Ref. 6264
This watch is undoubtedly the star of this auction, only two watch owners have ever owned it. The watch is equipped with a lemon dial, the sub-dial and the outer scale ring have been changed from the original black to (similar) brown. You know, ordinary lemon dials are rare. 18K Gold Paul Newman Dayton Ref. 6264 watch with lemon dial, sub-dial and outer scale ring have become the same color, only two are known to exist in the world, this one is one of them .
Estimate: $ 500,000-$ 800,000
Daytona Ref. 6263
Watches decorated with the ‘Khanjar’ motif are Rolex gifts for the Sultanate of Oman. The stainless steel Daytona watch with the green ‘Khanjar’ pattern on the dial at 12 o’clock is known to have less than 10 pieces, including Ref. 6263 and Ref. 6265. Of all Daytona’s known decorative green ‘Khanjar’ motifs, the one with the earliest serial number participating in the auction makes it even better.
Estimate: $ 320,000-$ 420,000
14k Gold Paul Newman Daytona Ref. 6241 ‘John Player Special’ Watch
The 14k Gold Daytona Ref. 6241 was produced from 1966 to 1969 and produced less than 400 pieces. This is the first time this watch has appeared on the auction market. The black Paul Newman dial is very eye-catching. The watch shows some signs of wear, but the Rolex sticker on the back is intact.
Estimate: $ 200,000-$ 400,000
Milgauss Ref. 6543
This is an original Milgauss and one of the strangest watches produced in Rolex history. The Milgauss series is designed for high diamagnetism and is very different. The production period is only three years (1955 to 1957). This watch is equipped with the original ‘honeycomb’ dial, straight seconds (non-lightning seconds) and 60-unit bezel (not the quirky 6-unit bezel).
Estimate: $ 150,000-$ 250,000
Submariner Ref. 5513
This is one of the true ‘holy grail’ of the Rolex collection. There have been too many fakes in the market, and it is gratifying to see a pure timepiece appear in the auction. This Submariner Ref. 5513 was produced in 1963 and features a unique dial (underlined at 6 o’clock, a narrow crown logo, and an explorer-style 3-6-9 hour marker). In fact, this is the watch’s first appearance at the auction, and the people who offered the lot came from the original watch owner’s family.
Estimate: $ 120,000-$ 200,000
Starting April 18th, Rolex-themed auction models will be on tour. Exhibition activities will be held in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Geneva, Taiwan and New York.