Pair of Kew Rolexes and trio of Paul Newman Daytonas highlights at Bonhams Fine Watches Sale


A pair of Kew Rolexes and a trip of Paul Newman Daytonas are just two of the highlights to feature at Bonhams Fine Watches and Wristwatches Sale on December 12.

The sale, to be held at Bonhams’ flagship Bond Street sale room, will include a number of rare timepieces, including a Rolex Submariner Explorer with red depth rating dial that was used during the America’s Cup.

It was presented to the crew of the clipper The Sovereign which took part in the Cup in 1964, with the Red depth rating one of the earliest submariners, and this example is offered by the son of the original owner.

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The three Paul Newman Daytonas on offer are also expected to attract a lot of interest.

The first is estimated at £120,000-180,000 and has been in the same family ownership since it was purchased new in the late 1960s.

The second dates from circa.1969 and is estimated at £80,000-150,000, while the circa.1967 model is expected to achieve between £100,000-150,000.

Two Kew A Certificate Rolexes will also be offered at the sale.

Each one was separately numbered and listed, and only 136 successfully passed the tests required to achieve their Kew A Certificate, and only 16 received the ‘Especially Good’ classification, including one offered in this sale.

The Peruvian Airforce Cosmograph Ref: 6263 from Rolex is another one of the top lots in the sale (£65,000-85,000).

Jonathan Darracott. global head of watches at Bonhams, commented: “This sale is a perfect example of Bonhams widespread expertise and knowledge. We are delighted to be offering such an impressive range in this sale, the breadth of which is rarely seen in a single auction. The red depth Submariner is a fascinating and unusually original piece, and we have high expectations for it on sale day.”


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