As you may have read, the watches division of avant-garde auction house Phillips just smashed world records by selling a vintage Patek Philippe for $11 million. That isn't the only impressive thing they've got up their sleeve, however.
On Nov. 28 and 29 in Hong Kong they're staging the epic Rolex Milestones- 38 Legendary Watches That Shaped History sale which as the name indicates includes some spectacular examples from the iconic Swiss brand.
Here are our highlights:
Launched in 1955, reference 6234 is known to collectors as the 'Godfather' of Daytonas. This is an exceedingly rare variant fitted with a faded black lacquer dial, made c.1960. $150,000 - $300,000.
First released in 1953, the Turn-O-Graph was designed as the precursor to "tool" watches like the Submariner. It's innovative rotating bezel inspired successors like the GMT-Master. $15,000 - $30,000.
"Milsubs" were made upon special request for the British Ministry of Defense to be worn during combat and on special missions. Only 1500 were ever produced. This "double reference" example was made c.1974. $80,000 - $160,000.
Rolex produced a very limited number of GMT dials in 1962 and 1963 featuring both an 'underline' and 'double Swiss' signature, making this a true rarity. $12,000 - $24,000.
One of just two Rolex models to feature a triple calendar complication paired with a moon phase indication, with the added luster of 18k gold. Made c.1952. $300,000 - $600,000.