By and enormous, Rolex watches have established themselves as icons within the positive timepiece area by sticking to signature design hallmarks whereas constantly enhancing. The enhancements have occurred regularly through the years and the model’s evolutionary reasonably than revolutionary strategy has actually paid off. This technique most likely explains why when a Rolex oddball exhibits up on the public sale block, it’s going to probably flip heads and open wallets. Living proof are these three uncommon classic Rolex watches that offered for giant cash at public sale.
Left-Handed Classic Rolex GMT-Grasp 6542
Throughout Phillips’ Geneva Watch Public sale: Eight occasion, an enchanting classic Rolex GMT-Grasp got here up on the market. It was a GMT-Grasp ref. 6542 with loads of far-from-standard particulars.
The 6542 was the very first reference within the Rolex GMT-Grasp household—a watch purposely constructed within the mid-1950s for Pan Am pilots to maintain observe of two time zones. The earliest GMT-Grasp ref. 6542 watches have been comprised of chrome steel and got here outfitted with blue and pink Bakelite bezels (Rolex changed the delicate Bakelite bezels with extra sturdy aluminum ones in 1959). So this specific Rolex GMT-Grasp ref. 6542 already stands out for its 18ok yellow gold development and aluminum brown bezel. However what is admittedly uncommon is the position of the winding crown on the left-hand facet of the case.
Phillips maintains that this was the primary time a yellow gold left-handed GMT-Grasp ref. 6542 has appeared in a public sale and the watch in the end offered for CHF 200,000 ($198,820).
Classic Rolex Day-Date with Mercedes-Fashion Arms
There are usually two forms of Rolex watches: the sports activities watches (a.ok.a. the “Skilled Watches”) and the traditional watches. Amongst different issues, one facet that units the traditional Rolex watches aside from the sportier watches is the dial design. Many of the sportier fashions have what we name “Mercedes-style” arms and enormous lume-filled hour markers, whereas the traditional watches sometimes have straight arms and a wide range of index sorts.
Nonetheless, throughout Christie’s Uncommon Watches public sale in November 2017, a curious classic Rolex Day-Date ref. 1803 got here up on the market. The white gold Rolex President watch got here outfitted with a particular order “sports activities dials,” full with luminous Mercedes-style arms and luminous spherical and baton hour markers.
Rolex made this watch in 1969 on the request of an proprietor of Klarlund —Scandinavia’s largest Rolex licensed retailer—after which made an an identical one for a royal consumer of Klarlund. So, solely two of those examples exist. Christie’s offered this ultra-rare classic Rolex Day-Date for CHF 275,000 ($276,104).
Classic White Gold Rolex Submariner Prototype
Maybe the strangest classic Rolex watch to return up on the market in the previous couple of many years, Christie’s offered a white gold Rolex Submariner 1680 prototype throughout their Rolex Afternoon occasion in Might 2017. It’s estimated that solely three examples of this prototype have been ever made within the early 1970s and people conversant in Submariner designs will discover instantly that it doesn’t resemble every other Rolex Submariner.
To begin with, it has a white gold case (Rolex solely supplied the Submariner 1680 in metal or yellow gold) and an odd engine-turned bezel with knurling on solely two reverse sides reasonably than throughout the perimeter. Moreover, it comes fitted with a President bracelet à la Day-Date with bark finishes on the middle hyperlinks.
Unbelievably, this unusual trying Rolex set the document as the most costly Submariner ever offered at public sale when the brand new proprietor paid CHF 631,500 ($634,036) for it.