An incredible assortment of vintage Rolex timepieces up for grabs at Phillip’s upcoming auction
Phillips will be hosting not one, but two watch auctions in Geneva in May — the Geneva Watch Auction: Three and the Start/Stop/Reset: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs thematic auction that we recently covered.
Taking place on May 15, 2016, the Phillips’ Geneva Watch Auction: Three will offer a fascinating collection of top-tier timepieces from the best watch brands in the world. Among the over 230 lots, here are five of our favorite yellow gold vintage Rolex watches that will be presented for sale.
Rolex 6062 “Stelline” will be at the auction in May 2016. (Image courtesy of Phillips)
1. Rolex Submariner 1680 “Khanjar”
The Rolex Submariner 1680 was introduced by the brand in 1966 and it was the first among the collection of dive watches to offer a date function as well as the first to be manufactured in gold. This particular yellow gold 1680 was among those commissioned by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, the Sultan of Oman and as a result, features the green “Khanjar” daggers — the country’s national symbol — on the black dial.
Rolex Submariner 1680 “Khanjar” has a unique dial decoration with a golden case and bracelet. (Image courtesy of Phillips)
2. Rolex Dato Compax 6036 “Killy”
Affectionately referred to as a “Killy” after the champion skier, Rolex Ambassador and member of the Rolex Board of Directors, Jean-Claude Killy, the ref. 6036 is one of five references from the “Dato Compax” family of watches that were produced from the 1940s until the 1960s. One of the most complicated watches ever manufactured by Rolex, the Rolex 6036 boasts a triple calendar and chronograph function in addition to the central hour, minute and seconds hands. The yellow gold case of this particular 6036 is presented on its original Gay Frères 18 karat yellow gold bracelet.
Rolex Dato Compax 6036 “Killy” was represented by Jean-Claude Killy. (Image courtesy of Phillips)
3. Rolex GMT-Master 6542
The original reference among the famous Rolex aviation watches, the GMT-Master 6542 was first unveiled in 1955 and built with the specific needs of the Pan Am pilots in mind. The bulk of the GMT-Master 6542 watches produced were done in stainless steel with only a few in gold. This particular yellow gold GMT-Master 6542 sports an untouched and intact and cognac brown-colored Bakelite, a light brass-colored dial, and original gold Oyster bracelet with the sought after “Big Rolex” logo folding buckle.
Rolex GMT-Master 6542 was made in stainless but this is unique for its golden case and bracelet. (Image courtesy of Phillips)
4. Rolex 6062 “Stelline”
With a high pre-sale estimate of over a million dollars, this Rolex 6062 “Stelline” is the highest valued Rolex watch presented during Phillip’s May Geneva auction. Rolex only ever made two references with both a full calendar and moon phase function and the 6062 is one of them. Produced in the 1950s for only a short time, the 6062 is one of the rarest and most valuable vintage Rolexes out there. This particular 6062 houses a rare black lacquer dial and is nicknamed “Stelline” (Italian for starlet) thanks to its eight star-shaped hour markers. Of particular interest is the black instead of blue sky on the moonphase disk. This dial configuration is one of only four examples known to exist and will surely command a spectacular price to reflect that.
This particular 6062 houses a rare black lacquer dial and is nicknamed “Stelline” (Image courtesy of Phillips)