A look at the spectacular Rolex watches available for sale at the upcoming Christie’s auction in Switzerland
Slated to take place 9th November, the Geneva stop of the Christie’s watch auctions always feature incredible timepieces and this season is no exception. Here are some of our top picks for rare, important and fascinating Rolex watches up for grabs.
Sea-Dweller 16600 “Polipetto”
Estimate: $57,000 – $78,000
Named after the Italian word for small octopus, the Sea-Dweller “Polipetto” is a unique timepiece created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the diving corps of the Italian state police. Only 79 pieces of the watch were ever made, making this an ultra-rare collectable.
Day-Date 18038 “Coral Day-Date”
Estimate: $52,000 – $83,000
A rare find, this remarkable 18k yellow gold Day-Date with a vibrant and textured coral dial uncommonly has no numerals and features an Italian calendar.
Chronograph 6238 “Pre-Daytona”
Estimate: $63,000 – $100,000
Manufactured from 1960 to 1967, the ref. 6238 was the last Rolex chronograph produced prior to the inception of the Daytona watch. Aesthetically, the biggest difference between the Chronograph and the future Daytona is the placement of the tachymeter scale. On the “Pre-Daytona” the scale sits on the dial and will be moved to the bezel on the first Daytona model.
Submariner 5512 “Square Crown Guards”
Estimate: $73,000 – 120,000
The ref. 5512 was the first Submariner model to feature crown guards protecting the crown from any potential damage. However, the square design of the crown guards proved to be subpar as it made it difficult to unwind the crown. Rolex quickly discarded these cases and it is said that only approximate 100 of the Submariner 5512 “Square Crown Guards” were ever made.
Triple Calendar Moonphase 8171 “Padellone”
Estimate: $63,000 – $100,000
Nicknamed the “Padellone”, Italian for frying pan, the ref. 8171 is one of only two different Rolex produced moonphase wristwatches. Manufactured between 1949 and 1952, most examples of the 8171 were crafted in yellow gold, making this stainless steel version even more rare.
Cosmograph Daytona 6263 “One of the Rarest Daytona Variations”
Estimate: $78,000 – $160,000
An extremely rare Daytona model, this 6263 in 18k yellow gold boasts the “millerighe” pushers and the original “71” end links. The dial boosts its rarity as it doesn’t have the C.O.S.C certification label and it is estimated that less than 10 models with this case and dial combinations were ever made.
Cosmograph Daytona Paul Newman 6265 “Panda Mystery Cross”
Estimate $130,000 – $230,000
Undeniably one of the great highlights of the auction, this incredible Daytona Paul Newman 6265 not only has the highly sought after “Panda” dial, but also a mysterious engraving on the caseback. Known as the “Mystery Cross”, the Swiss cross within a frame of marine ropes engraving has popped up on around a dozen watches from this era, but the meaning and origins of it still remain a mystery.