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 This extremely rare and historical reference 6152/1 — distinguished by its transparent, removable polycarbonate bezel and Rolex caliber 618 — was unknown until recently when it was rediscovered by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.
by Kyle Stults on April 11, 2014
Highlighting Antiquorum’s auction of “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” this past Wednesday, April 9th in New York was a Rolex Ref. 6263 Paul Newman in Steel [lot 289] with its iconic “panda” dial. The rare chronograph inspired a passionate (perhaps aggressive is a better word) bidding war between eight phone bidders and a room bidder, finally selling to the room bidder for a staggering $231,750. For a bit of perspective, this “Original owner” Rolex went for $30,000 MORE than a Patek Philippe Ref 5102 “Celestial” which also sold in the auction. No doubt, the Rolex market is insane right now. And an original owner 6263 in condition such as this one is easily seen as a must have for a serious Rolex collector.
ROLEX, REF. 6263, STEEL CASE, “PAUL NEWMAN” PANDA DIAL
Made in 1970, sold March 6th, 1972. Original Owner Sale.
Original hands, overall exceptional condition. Accompanied by the original fitted box, original guarantee (now void), copy of service invoice dated August 27, 2008, instruction manual, and a booklet.
37mm steel case with screw down pushers, with Valjoux 727 caliber inside
“We are delighted by the outstanding result for the Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ Ref. 6263 in our April auction,” said Saori Omura, Watch Director, Antiquorum USA. “As confirmed by today’s results, rare timepieces offered from the property of its original owner continue to be highly sought-after by savvy collectors across the globe.”
Official lot notes on the Rolex Ref 6263 Paul Newman can be seen here>>>
And for a good overview of the iconic Rolex “Paul Newman” family, check out this good References Points video by Hodinkee: