This Rolex Daytona Ref 6263, with ‘Paul Newman’ dial and wonderfully aged dial (“tropical dial” “coffee dial”), was sold by Artcurial earlier this week for 336,600 Euros (about $450,000 US at current f/x). Gorgeous watch & a perfect acquisition for a rabid Rolex collector with money to burn. More details (French & English) here.
This Rolex Ref 6034, a “pre-Daytona” chronograph in pink gold, was once owned by legendary musician — and watch collector — Eric Clapton. And it will hit the auction block just 3 days from now, in Auctionata’s “Patek Philippe and Rolex Only” online sale. I wrote a short review of this Rolex 6034 watch for Bob’s Watches, you can read it here>>>
Sotheby’s New York “Important Watches” sale earlier this week (June 10th) was led by a piece of watchmaking history: Patek Philippe’s First Split-Seconds Chronograph Wristwatch, which was started in 1903 and completed and sold on 13 October 1923. It sold to a Swiss museum at a price of $2,965,000 – more than double its $1.2 million high estimate. This price is just shy of Sotheby’s top result ever for a wristwatch — The Henry Graves, Jr. Yellow Gold Minute Repeating Wristwatch by Patek Philippe that sold for $2,994,500 in 2012.
At Sotheby’s auction “Important Watches”, held in Geneva on 14th May 2014, the all-time record for sale of a Panerai watch was set. An extremely rare example of a stainless steel Luminor from 1955 was acquired by a Panerai enthusiast who bid the record sum of CHF 425,000 (approx. $478,000 / €348,000). This extremely rare and historical reference 6152/1 — distinguished by its transparent, removable polycarbonate bezel and Rolex caliber 618 — was unknown until recently when it was rediscovered by scholars and especially through the research of Dino Zei, ex -Chairman of Panerai SPA, before the Florence based company was bought by the Richemont Group. It was owned by descendants of an accomplished Italian Navy Admiral.