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Vintage Rolex models hit new world record prices at Phillips Geneva watch auction

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A unique George Daniels grand complication pocket watch sold for $2.4 million at this week’s Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo auction in Geneva.

An Anniversary wristwatch from the same British watchmaker sold for a record $450,866.

Demand for important Rolex models shows no sign of cooling this year, with several references breaking world record prices.

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An early Submariner reference 5508 ‘Small Crown’ more than doubled its pre-sale estimate when it went under the hammer at $494,100.

A more modern Rolex reference 6200 “Big Crown” Submariner  set another world record when it sold for $588,967, while a Rolex Padellone became the most expensive reference 8171 in yellow gold ever sold when it achieved $968,436.

The top ten most valuable watches at the sale, described by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, were:

 

GEORGE DANIELS, Grand Complication pocket watch. A unique, spectacular and historically important yellow gold instantaneous perpetual calendar minute repeating openface watch with moonphases, thermometer, power reserve, equation of time, annual calendar and one minute co-axial tourbillon. Sold for $2,391,444.

 

ROLEX, reference 8171. A large, attractive and exceptionally well-preserved triple calendar wristwatch with moonphases and two-tone dial, original box and numbered hang tag. Sold for $968,436, a world record for a reference 8171 in yellow gold.

 

PATEK PHILIPPE, reference 5208P. A very rare and highly important platinum minute repeating single-button chronograph wristwatch with instantaneous perpetual calendar, moonphases, certificate and boxes. Sold for $802,418.

 

ROLEX, reference 6241 “John Player Special”. A fine, rare and extremely attractive 14K yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with Paul Newman “John Player Special” dial. Sold for $790,560.

 

VACHERON CONSTANTIN, “Don Pancho”. A spectacular, unique and historically important yellow gold minute repeater wristwatch with day, retrograde date and original unrestored extra dial. Sold for a world record price for a Vacheron Constantin wristwatch at $731,268.

 

ROLEX, reference 6263 case back stamped 6239 to the inside. A very fine, extremely rare and highly important stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “Oyster Sotto” Paul Newman dial. Sold for $695,693.

 

ROLEX, reference 6200 “Big Crown”. An extremely rare, important and early stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with black glossy “Explorer” dial. The most expensive ref 6200 ever sold at $588,967.

 

ROLEX, reference 6062. An exceptionally fine, rare and important yellow gold triple calendar wristwatch with star-set numerals and moonphases. It went for $541,533.

 

PATEK PHILIPPE, reference 1436. An extremely fine and rare pink gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with pink dial. Sold for $529,675.

 

ROLEX, reference 5508. An early and attractive diver’s wristwatch with bracelet, box, wax tag and anchor. Sold for $494,100.

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