The Rarest Rolex “Pre-Daytona” Chronographs Take Top Billing at Phillips’ Next Geneva Sale
Anyone who examined our magnificent and amazingly careful report on the state of the watch auction market as of late knows that there’s has never been a more volatile time for vintage watches to cross the square, especially vintage Rolexes. So Phillips Watches ‘ next huge auction in Geneva starring some profoundly desirable Rolex rarities will without a doubt attract a lot of attention.
Phillips established themselves as the auction market leader when they sold Paul Newman’s personal Rolex Daytona Ref. 6239 for $17.8 million last year, and however they hit something of a hindrance as of late when they had to withdraw a Steve McQueen Submariner with contested provenance, don’t anticipate that that should discourage the offering at Geneva’s Hotel la Reserve on Nov. 10-11.
Over 220 parts will cross the square during the house’s Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT , comprising of two Evening Sessions. And however there are heaps of treats to be had, what’s certain to attract the attention of the world’s top Rolex mavens is the assortment of very fine and rare Rolex “Pre-Daytona” chronographs including what may well be the best-preserved “Jean-Claude Killy” Ref. 6236 in stainless steel. Although they’ll probably be salivating over a historically important”Single Red” Sea-Dweller Prototype with no helium valve as well.
As our new article on the historical backdrop of the Rolex Cosmograph noted, Rolex originally started exploring different avenues regarding mechanical chronographs during the 1930s, yet it was not until 1963 with the presentation of the reference 6239 that an actual name – “Cosmograph” – was given to their chronograph watch line. Obviously any Cosmograph watch can be the staring piece in an assortment.
Meanwhile for the individuals who prefer Pateks, and have a lot of cash to spend, Phillips is also offering a platinum Patek Ref. 3974, “probably the most important and most complicated Patek Philippe reference created in the past 30 Years”; and a gallery quality single pusher Patek chronograph made during the 1920s as well as the solitary known pink gold Patek chronograph Ref. 530 retailed by Italy’s famed Astrua Torino . Best of luck!