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Christies to Auction Rolex Watches May, 12 in Geneva

Paul Altieri
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Christie’s will be holding a auction on May 12, 2014 in Geneva, centered around and featuring many fine and rare examples of watches. Rolex is well represented among their numbers, offering many vintage and rare finds.

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Christie’s May 14, 2014 Auction Catalog

Estimated to go for $12,000-$17,000 the first Rolex to be featured is a rare 18k white gold automatic chronograph wristwatch with meteorite dial, complete with box. Featuring 44 jewels, this watch is a fine example of luxury craftsmanship.

Another beautiful example up for auction is a very fine and rare 18k gold triple calendar chronograph wristwatch. Circa 1953, this early example features a leather wristband, as well as 17 jewels and a silvered matte dial, complete with gold numerals and a gold case. Aside from its luxurious materials, the “Dato Compax” is a well preserved example, featuring a triple calendar chronograph. This particular timepiece is expected to fetch between $140,000-$200,000 dollars.

Other rare finds include a Rare 18K gold chronograph, reference 6241. It is more commonly referred to as the “Paul Newman” watch, as the famous actor was often pictured wearing his Rolex. This particular model features a stunning champagne dial as well as three engine-turned black subsidiary dials for measuring speed. This watch is expected to go for $89,000-$130,0000.


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18k Gold Automatic Wristwatch with Sweep Centre Seconds, Star Numerals, and Cloissone Enamel Dial. Image Courtesy of Christie’s

One of the oldest and rarest examples presented at the auction is an 18k gold automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, star numerals, and Cloissone enamel dial. The enamel dial was created by famous Geneva artist Marguerite Koch. It features a seaside theme, complete with ship, whale, and waves. Manufactured in 1949, this vintage timepiece is one of the most visually appealing and unique items offered at this auction. Considered one of the most important pieces ever manufactured by Roles, this watch is expected to go for $560,000-$1.1 million. This piece would certainly be the crown jewel for many collections.

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Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch with Sweep Centre Seconds, Date and Bracelet, Made for the Sultanate of Oman. Image Courtesy of Christie’s

Some items up for auction are extremely unique. For example, one Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea Dweller model was originally made for the Sultanate of Oman. His signature is seen in the middle of the black dial. This rare addition makes this particular watch extremely rare and valuable. It is expected to go for $120,000-$220,000.

The wide variety of timepieces offered at the May 12th Christie’s auction will peak of the interests of many collectors. For those seeking something special, unique, and rare to add to their collection, they will certainly find many options at this auction.



Paul Altieri