Two rare Rolex watches are set to go under the hammer at Chiswick Auctions’ upcoming Watch sale.
Taking place on June 13, the sale will feature a cloisonné enamelled ‘dragon dial’ Rolex wristwatch as well as a ‘Rail Dial’ Rolex Sea Dweller.
The cloisonné comes in 14 carat yellow gold and dates from 1949 when cloisonné dial watches were popular among watch enthusiasts.
The watch, with a pre-sale estimate of £150,000-£350,000, has white cloisonné enamel detailing on the dial and a flame-coloured scaly dragon with a black and red coiled tail, red scales on its chest, spine and tail, a red horn and a vivid blue colour at the tip of the tail, legs and wings.
The dragon has been described as almost floating in the middle, guarding the gold Rolex crown.
Tomas Anzar, watch specialist at Chiswick Auctions, commented: “It’s incredibly complex design, stunning quality and level of craftsmanship, as well as its’ rarity makes this a watch collector’s delight.”
The stainless steel automatic ‘Rail Dial’ Sea Dweller is the other rare Rolex on offer at the auction.
It can operate at depths of up to 610 meters, and is expected to fetch £14,000-£16,000.
Tomas Anzar, added: “The Rolex Sea-Dweller’s rich history, timeless design and stunning aesthetic has made this particular Rolex a true classic and a fantastic choice for collectors looking to own an iconic piece of dive watch history.”