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Five Incredible Vintage Watches to Kick-Off a World Class Collection

If you're looking to build a watch collection in real style, Phillips auction house in Association with Bacs & Russo is staging two eye-popping sales this spring: Daytona Ultimatum, a thematic auction composed solely of the most exceptional Rolex Daytona watches, and The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN, both taking place May 12–13 at the Hôtel la Réserve in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Here are some highlights:

Patek Philippe Ref. 2499, est. up to $2 million

Never before seen in public, this is the only known example of the coveted Ref. 2499 yellow gold chronograph with a special order champagne colored dial. 

Rolex Pre-Daytona Ref. 6239 "The Ancestor", est. up to $250,000

Also known as the "Double Swiss Underline", this ancestor of the iconic Daytona is an important, and beautiful, piece of Rolex history.

Rolex Daytona Ref. 6262 Paul Newman "Exotic Flat," est. up to $370,000

Paul Newman Daytonas are of course holy grails for collectors, and this one with its “flat” subsidiary registers is one of the rarer examples of the iconic racing watch. 

Rolex Ref. 6062, est. up to $1.7 million

Made c.1953, this is one of only two Rolex models ever to feature a full calendar paired with the indication of the phases of the moon, and hence is priced accordingly.

Breguet Type XX3 Chronograph, estimate TBD

Made c.1960, this Type XX3 chrono with military provenance is among the most sought-after sports watches ever created by the famed house of Breguet.