The market for “vintage” Rolex is the largest and most sophisticated secondary watch market there is, I think it is safe to say. But collecting vintage Rolex is not for me — and this article over at (RPR) Rolex Passion Report recently reminded me why. Though I can appreciate a good quality Rolex, the very serious and big-money world of vintage Rolex collecting will always be an arm’s length interest for me.
The gent who runs RPR is one of the most savvy and knowledgeable vintage Rolex experts out there today. Spend a little time on his excellent website (I very much enjoy his blog articles) and you will start to comprehend the level of sophistication that is required to simply ascertain whether or not a particular vintage Rolex is the “real deal” or not. It’s astonishing. Own a geiger counter? It’s a must have!
This said, if collecting vintage Rolex is your thing, you would be well served educating yourself over at RPR, starting with the aforementioned article….Be Aware: High Quality Fake Vintage Rolex Dials! Happy and safe collecting!
by Kyle Stults on June 25, 2014
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>>>
by Kyle Stults on May 22, 2014
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 This extremely rare and historical reference 6152/1 — distinguished by its transparent, removable polycarbonate bezel and Rolex caliber 618 — was unknown until recently when it was rediscovered by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.
by Kyle Stults on May 13, 2014
The Breguet No. 1176 Regulator Four Minute Tourbillon Pocketwatch — Abraham-Louis Breguet’s first four-minute tourbillon — was sold today by Christie’s for $929,548 (821,000 Swiss Francs). It was purchased by Mark Hayek (President & CEO of Montres Breguet), which is not surprising — Breguet is known for scooping up pieces of historical importance such as this Four Minute Tourbillon. This is about dab smack in the middle of the forecast price range, so all in all not too bad for the Breguet collection. Please see my original report (April 24) for high-res images of the watch and detailed background information.