Newmans, MilSubs, and More Star in This Eye-Popping Watch Auction

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In Switzerland on May 8 and 9, the world's top vintage watch auctioneer, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, will stage The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII at the luxurious Hôtel La Réserve. For watch enthusiasts both established and aspiring it's an event that can make or break a collection, 

Assuming you'd rather do the former, here are our five favorite lots:

Rolex "Jean-Claude Killy" Chronograph

Made c.1953 and named after the famed French Olympic ski champion who popularized it, the Killy (Ref. 6036) is one of the most coveted early Rolex chronos. This tropical-dial example is even rarer. Est. $160,000–$267,000.

Rolex "Paul Newman" Daytona

Made c.1972, this gorgeous Ref. 6265 was originally owned by a fighter pilot for the French Air Force, and comes complete with its original box and papers. This one is unique in that it is missing the word "Oyster" on the dial. Est. $159,000–$265,000.

Rolex "MilSub" Submariner, Ref. 5513

Next to the Paul Newman, the MilSub is the Rolex of choice amongst a certain class of collector. This example from 1972 was made for the British Navy, and has the highly coveted encircled "T" on its dial indicating its provenance. Est. $86,100–$129,000.

Rolex Explorer Ref. 6350

Made c.1953, this early Explorer has a rare black honeycomb 3-6-9 dial, while the Arabic numerals and "pencil" hands have aged to a warm orange tone. A true gem all around. Est. $42,600–$74,600.

Omega Seamaster "Military" 300

There are those who sniff at the fact that James Bond wears an Omega and not a Rolex. This piece proves that Omega did provide watches to the British military however—this Seamaster from 1967 was made for the British Royal Army. Est. $32,300–$53,800.