The highlight of Antiquorum’s recently concluded (March 16) “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” auction in Geneva was this exceptional Rolex “Big Crown” Sub (Ref. 6200), circa 1954. The extremely rare Rolex has the attractive “Explorer” style dial (with printed 3, 6, and 9 instead of hash marks) and was rated overall to be in exceptional condition. The Ref 6200 is rarer than both its counterpart Sub references 5510 and 6538 and is certainly a grail for many Rolex collectors. After intense bidding it sold for a whopping CHF 183,750 (incl. Buyer’s premium) — about $210,000 at current f/x. This result is more than 2.5 times the high end of the pre-sale estimate range and evidences continued strength at auction for exceptional examples from Rolex. While some might see it as insane amount of money for a stainless steel Rolex Sub, the Buyer surely disagrees. In any case, the vintage Rolex market seems to know no bounds these days.
Rolex Big Crown Submariner Ref 6200 with Explorer Dial
38mm steel case