Auctions and vintage watches in general are typically not an area we are well versed in, and so often we prefer to leave the topic to our far more enlightened friends over at Hodinkee.com. However, recently we became privy to some exclusive news that has not yet been formally announced to the public and so we felt the need to share it with you. Whilst it won’t appeal to all our readers, we know that we have at least one Rolex fan here on The Watch Lounge and so if nothing else, this is for him.
So What’s The News?
The upcoming auction presented by the UK-based auction house, Fellows & Sons, of course! The auction is scheduled for the 5th of July and will include a number of exceptional second-hand timepieces from well-known brands such as Patek Philippe, Breitling, Cartier, Omega and of course Rolex. The full catalog is available to view on-line here, and we highly recommend you check it out.
Of special note for us are a couple of very well-known vintage Rolex timepieces which we think are sure to generate some buzz amongst collectors and enthusiasts alike. First is a 1973 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II superlative chronometer, with an estimate of between £8,000 and £12,000.
Although it’s probably not widely known outside of collector circles this particular model was often unofficially referred to as the Steve McQueen Explorer, which was in fact rather misleading (click here to read why). Still, misconception or not, this misnomer did cause the value of these Explorers to sky-rocket and they are still very popular with collector’s today, meaning that it may just increase in value as time goes on and so could possibly be construed as “a good investment.” (Just in case you needed a reason to buy it.)
Rolex had originally designed the watch specifically for adventurers and cave explorers, introducing more complex distinctions such as a 24 hour fixed bezel. This stainless steel 1655 model, with black matt dial and luminescent markers, is also one of the few Rolex watches which can also be used as a compass making it one of the first ultimate precision time pieces.
However, don’t put away you cheque book again just yet, as also up for auction is this superb and not to mention quite rare 1977 Rolex Comex (Compagnie Maritime d’Expertise) Diver Superlative Chronometer with an estimate of £20,000 – £30,000.
This special version of the 1665 Rolex Sea-Dweller model was created for the French commercial diving company after they experienced a technical problem with a previous model . This very special watch is suitable for some of the greatest sea beds with a depth rating of 2000 feet and was (and still is) highly regarded for its unique Triplock crown which protects the movement. Another one sure to be a big hit with collectors the iconic ‘COMEX’ logo is displayed prominently on the dial.
The Final Word
Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a novice enthusiast the Fellows & Sons watch auction is sure to have something for you. So don’t delay, check out their on-line catalog now and start making your list of all the pieces you want to add to your collection! No matter where you are in the world the excellent people at Fellows will ensure that you can participate in the auction and will not be disadvantaged in any way by distance. And don’t forget, as the saying goes, you have to be in it to win it!
Happy bidding and good luck!