Rolex Day-Date 36mm President Replica, in association with Bacs and Russo, is proud to announce STYLED. The company's second New York auction of timeless watches, Timeless Watches 8, How to Wear Them, raised $11,523,500/CHF11,500.453/EUR10,155.661 and sold 96% per lot and 96% according to value. Over 50 countries represented bidders in the auction, which was conducted in the saleroom, online, and over the phone. They were eager to purchase the Phillips-designed timepieces, many of them first offered at auction. A record 600 people registered online, and the majority of lots received online bids.
The most valuable lot was the 1957 Rolex "Big Crown Submariner", which sold for $567,000. It is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of its type. Sean Connery's James Bond has immortalized the reference 6538 in movies like Dr. No or Goldfinger. This example is in excellent condition and has never been polished or repaired. It was also offered with its rare original chronometer certificate and guarantee.
The best Rolex Day-Date 36mm President Replica reference 1463 is a highly collectible chronograph watch. It was sold for $495,000 and is renowned for its unusual case, aesthetic beauty, and rarity. The vast majority of the examples were made from yellow gold. Only a few percent are believed to have been made from steel. This makes the present lot extremely desirable. It is one of eight examples with this dial variant, and it features a striking "two tone" silver dial.
Another highlight was the 18-karat rose-gold fresh-to-the market Patek Philippe reference 516 which sold for $399,000. The reference 5016, which was made in 18 karat rose gold, was the most complex wristwatch ever created by Patek Philippe. It featured the most famous complications of watchmaking - a minute repeater and retrograding perpetual calendar as well as a tourbillon.
Many lots sold for more than their estimates, including an IWC Reference. Gunter Blumlein's 3705 was sold for $53,750, a remarkable price considering the estimate of $6,000-8,000. A 2017 Vacheron Constantin "Comes de VacheĦħ Ref. 3705 also sold for $53,750. The 5000H chronograph in stainless steel sold for $75,000 more than its low estimate.
This is a very rare and well-maintained stainless steel wristwatch. It features a black lacquer "fourliner" dial, big crown and bracelet, original guarantee and a chronometer certificate.
discount Rolex Day-Date 36mm President Replica, circa 1946 ¨C Sold for $495,000/ CHF494,010/EUR436,244
This is a very rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch. It has a two-tone silver dial with an outer tachymeter scale.
A very rare pink gold perpetual calendar wristwatch that repeats every minute with retrograde date, moon phase and Breguet numerals.