This is a big month for scoring a vintage Rolex. On the heels of the Bob's Watches sale we told you about the other day, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo is gearing up for its Geneva Watch Auction XI on June 27 and 28, with over 200 vintage and modern timepieces set to cross the block.
Among them are dozens of rare, classic and important Rolexes, including several that are "exceptional in terms of provenance, aesthetics, condition and rarity." Here are our top picks:
This "very rare, highly important and extremely attractive" 14K yellow gold example made c.1969 is known as the "John Player Special" because it evokes the iconic racing colors of the same name. Est. $412,000–$824,000.
This amazing example of an early Submariner made c.1954 is known as the "Explorer Dial" as it echoes Rolex's other famous sports model. It was recently unearthed in an Egyptian souk. Est. $257,000–$515,000.
Made c.1958 this stunning chronograph sized at 35mm has an incredibly sought after glossy "tropical" dial which has faded from black to a dark chocolate; the lume meanwhile has gone camel brown. Est. $266,000–$532,000.
This stunningly gorgeous early bakelite bezel "Pepsi" GMT made c.1955 and sized at 38mm is known as the "Pussy Galore," a similar one having been worn by the Bond Girl of that name in Goldfinger. Est. $82,400–$165,000.
We've always had a soft spot for earlier black-dial Daytonas; this one made c.1976 is known as the "Sigma Dial" by collectors, and you can score one for a fraction of what you'd pay for a Paul Newman. Est. $41,300–$82,600.