U.K. auction house Bonhams is kicking off summer in style with its Fine Watches sale in London on June 16. Can't make it to England in time? No worries, you can register to bid online and still get your collection started. Here are our five top picks from the stunning sale:
The "Double-Red" Sea-Dweller appeared in the Rolex catalogue from 1972 until 1975. The nickname refers to the two red printed lines on the dial, and this example was owned and used by a professional deep sea diver. Est. $28,000—$43,000.
This reference, produced for a very limited time from 1939-1945, "holds an important place in Rolex history being the first chronograph of to be placed in an Oyster case," Bonhams notes. The "Monoblocco" nickname implies that the case is made from one piece of steel. Est. $28,000–$42,000.
The original "Pepsi" bezel on this c.1968 GMT has aged to an amazing vibrant pink. The ref. 1675 was the first GMT-Master to feature protective crown guards and a smaller triangular tip on the second hour hand. Est. $21,000—$28,000.
Whether the King of Cool actually wore one or not, this reference oozes '70s charm thanks to its groovy markings and coloration. This particular variant is known as the "Freccione", Italian for "big arrow." Est. $14,000—$21,000.
This is one of the rarest Heuers in the world, with less than 10 known to exist, leading to the theory that it was only ever produced as a Carrera prototype. Made c.1969 it's estimated at $21,000—$28,000.