Breaking News: Phillips Will Auction What Could Be The Most Expensive Rolex Ever Sold, The 'Bao Dai' Rolex Reference 6062
This dark dial Rolex reference 6062 was bought in 1954; at that point, it was the most costly watch Rolex offered (Picture courtesy of John Goldberger).
The combination of dark dial and precious stone markers is the most uncommon configuration for a 6062, yet the royal provenance of this extraordinary piece further upgrades its allure. The “Bao Dai” was sold in 1954 to the last Emperor of the Nguyen administration of Vietnam, and has traded hands just a single time, back in 2002, when the first proprietor’s family put it available to be purchased. At the point when the mallet struck, it turned into the most costly Rolex at any point sold, for $235,000. After fifteen years, it is figured it could recover that title – which presently has a place with a split-seconds – as it has a low gauge above $1.5 million. Many accept this is just half the thing collectors will actually want to pay to get it.
Rolex delivered just two references with a triple schedule and a moon-stage, both toward the start of the 1950s. Also, both have become incredibly coveted since, without a doubt as a result of their striking look: the reference 6062 presents these complications in a conventional Oyster case while the reference 8171 went for a more precise (and greater, at 38mm) case. These days, these are the pieces that sale rooms go insane for, similarly for stainless steel and gold cases. However, the “Bao Dai” 6062 is on an entire other level. This isn’t a watch you hope to see again for very some time.
The “Bao Dai” Rolex 6062 is the lone realized guide to highlight this jewel configuration on a dark dial.
This watch was last offered in 2002, and it accomplished a then record-breaking cost of $235,000 (recall that the closeout market and the swapping scale were very extraordinary then). In May, it could become the most costly Rolex at any point sold, in front of the $2.5M accomplished by the split-seconds chronograph reference 4113 sold one year prior. Edmond Saran, supervisor of Le Monde Edmond, has shared live photographs of the watch, which he as of late went involved with, just as his musings on the upcoming deal on his site – it’s unquestionably worth a visit.
The excellent story of this watch certainly weighs into its valuation. It is very uncommon to discover a watch bought by an Emperor while he was working in Geneva. At that point, he had asked about the best Rolex that a retailer could offer him, and this reference 6062 was only that. It was likewise the most costly watch Rolex conveyed, and just three models are known to exist. Furthermore, the “Bao Dai” model is the simply one to include jewel markers for the even hours; the two others bear precious stone records for the odd hours (one arriving at 470,000 CHF in 2006). This configuration, which is interesting, impacted the plan of the watch. The crown logo must be set lower than expected, which brought about the Chronometer line being set just beneath the moon-phase.
The Chronometer notice is abnormally positioned simply over 6 o’clock.
This watch was fabricated in 1952, and showed at the Baselworld reasonable the next year. Nothing unexpected then that it was the most costly Rolex one could purchase in 1954, with a sticker price comparable to a Patek Philippe interminable schedule reference 1518. Uniqueness aside, this Rolex effectively supports what makes any normal reference 6062 a particularly dear for collectors: it is phenomenal to see the energetic Oyster case house a particularly complicated watch, and highlighting an in-house programmed development, the type 655. This reference is consistently among the top bunches of any closeout, and Phillips’ “Geneva Auction: Five” will offer two. The second 6062 is a dazzling stainless steel model delivered in 1953; its outstanding condition clarifies its gauge of 600,000 to 1,200,000 CHF.
The Rolex 6062 was likewise offered in stainless steel, as confirmed by another part of the equivalent auction.
This closeout won’t just be about reference 6062s, or even vintage Rolex ( albeit these were the primary top parts reported , more subtleties on other feature pieces will follow). With this super uncommon reference 6062, we may observer the most noteworthy offers at any point made for a Rolex, after a year ago’s record-setting results. However, there may be some other marvelous fights; for example, the yellow gold Paul Newman Daytona underneath is required to get somewhere in the range of 800,000 and 1,600,000 CHF. It is to be sure one of just three yellow gold Daytonas known to offer a lemon-y dial and dark sub-registers, evidently it is nicknamed “The Legend.”
Screw-down yellow gold Daytona are uncommon when all is said in done, however this lemon-colored dial was just found on three models, henceforth “The Legend” nickname.
It will not be the lone excellent Daytona offered; a ref. 6265 Qaboos and a Tiffany-marked ref. 6241 “John Player Special” will likewise be incorporated, and both are thought to be the novel model with their separate highlights. There’s likewise extraordinary compared to other looking yellow gold with dark galvanic dial 6238s we have found in some time, if at any time (not a particularly intense explanation since just two models have at any point been found with this gold text style over the dark dial). The gauge for this special 6238 is somewhere in the range of 250,000 and 500,000 CHF.
This yellow gold reference 6265 is the simply one known to bear the mark of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos container Said al Saided of Oman.
This yellow gold reference 6241 is accepted to be the simply one to bear the Tiffany line on its dial.
The patina on the yellow gold instance of this Rolex reference 6238 is bewildering however the gold text style on the dark galvanic dial constitutes its most extraordinary feature.
More data on the upcoming closeout can be found on the Phillips site, with other heaps of the Geneva Watch Auction: Five to be revealed soon. The features from this present sale’s list will be shown in Hong Kong (April 1-4), London (April 8-11), and New York (April 21-24), preceding the pre-deal see in Geneva on May 11.