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Rare Rolex tool watches certain to draw interest at Bonhams Fine Watches Sale

Lot 98 Khanjar Dial Cosmograph Daytona 2

Three rare Rolex watches are the star lots Bonhams Fine Watches Sale, which takes place tomorrow (December 11).

First is an ultra-rare circa 1980 Khanjar Cosmograph Daytona (ref 6265/6263) from around 1980 – only the second known example featuring the exclusive Omani Khanjar dial.

It represents a chapter of military, aviation and watchmaking history, having been given to flying ace David Wood by the Sultan of Oman and has a black printed Khanjar, the Omani state symbol of the traditional ceremonial dagger, on its dial.

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It was specially commissioned from Rolex and is one of only very few gifted by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, a known watch connoisseur, to a select few ambassadors, dignitaries and staff for loyal service, according to Bonhams.

 

 

Accompanied by its original box and papers, this unique Kanjar is selling with an estimate of £80,000 to £120,000.

Lining up second on this grid, with an estimate of £70,000 to £120,000, is a coveted Paul Newman Cosmograph ref 6239 with what Bonhams specialists say is one of the best original dials seen by the auctioneer.

 

Third is a very rare circa 1979 Comex Sea Dweller, offered by its original owner, a professional diver with the Compagnie Maritime d’Expertise (Comex).

Rolex was commissioned by Comex, an engineering and deep diving specialist company, to create watches that could withstand extreme conditions, including pressurised chambers, and survive decompression periods. The result was the Sea Dweller, a choronometer water resistant to 600 metres. Issued solely to Comex employees, although a public version has since been produced, this example is one of only 300 ‘1665’ reference watches, engraved with the serial number and Comex’s own issue number.  It goes under the hammer with an estimate of £30,000 to £50,000.

 

 

Jonathan Darracott, global head of Bonhams Watches, says: “This sale has a well-rounded collection of watches; within this is an extraordinary selection of the most sought-after Rolex ‘tool’ watches that were actually put to work by their owners, providing valuable support in vocations in a reliable form that Rolex strived to always make the best.”

Other highlights of the forthcoming New Bond Street sale include three fine examples from Patek Philippe.

One, an  18ct rose gold Nautilus, reference 571, belonged to the late Hollywood film and television producer Robert Bradford, husband of the international bestselling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE. His film credits include the Oscar nominated epic ‘El Cid’ and the film version of his wife’s novel ‘A Woman of Substance’.

It has a pre-sale estimate of £18,000 to £22,000.

 

 

Other Patek Philippe examples on sale include: 

Patek Philippe Nautilus ‘Jumbo’ ref 3700/11, circa 1980. An early reference example of the pioneering nautical-inspired luxury sports watch, which was originally sold by Geneva-based Gübelin, one of the oldest and most prestigious watch retailers in Switzerland. Estimate: £80,000 to £120,000.

 

 

Patek Philippe ref 5270G-001, estimate £80,000 to £120,000. A rare and never worn example of Patek Philippe’s sought-after perpetual chronograph wristwatch. This is a double factory sealed 18K white gold with manual wind and moon phase.

 

4 Comments

  1. I was amazed to see Bonhams trying to pass off Lot No 65 a 16610LV as “the real thing” and I will be interested to see if anyone falls for it. Laughable!!
    What does this say about the rest of the auction?
    What do you think?

      1. Hi Rob,
        Sorry to disagree, but, unless my extensive research and information is incorrect, it cannot be genuine.
        The “flat 4” bezels were only installed on early editions of the LV, in years 2003/2004. The Rolex 16610LV did not have the engraved rehaut until around or after 2006/7 watches.
        I notice today they have amended the info on the watch to say,
        “Please note the date of the watch should read Circa 2009 and the bezel insert has been replaced with an earlier execution bezel.
        Therefore if this is a 2009 watch the bezel isn’t correct. Rolex as you know don’t do replacement parts, they only replace like for like, so, surely it must be a fake?
        I enjoy reading all of your articles and look forward to more in future editions, keep up the good work and thank you for taking time to read my email.
        Kind Regards
        Howard Clark

        1. You will appreciate I cannot check every watch sold at auction and am grateful for you and everybody contributing expertise. I do, however, need to stay the right side of libel laws and do not want WatchPro to descend into a lawless twitter or watch forum feed where accusations fly unchecked. The additional information on the Rolex you refer to was online when I first checked earlier this week, and the head of watches at Bonhams responded to my questions quickly and said again that the description matches the watch. James Dowling agreed.

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