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Rolex & Other Prestige Watches

With prestige watches demanding such high sums, it is both a fantastic time to sell an unworn, inherited wristwatch as it is to invest in a timepiece for the long term.
With International demand high for vintage timepieces, particularly produced by quality brands, the auction industry is seeing soaring prices. As ever rarity, condition and originality are key factors as well as provenance.

As auctioneers and valuers it is a real privilege to be invited into a home to inspect items for possible sale. In this modern age, and perhaps more than ever in the current global crisis, enquiries come through to us via email, WhatsApp and facebook. It was a simple facebook question in early 2019, “do you sell wristwatches”, that led us to our most recent horde of wonderful vintage wristwatches which we had the pleasure of selling throughout last year. The collection, which had been inherited, consisted of 6 vintage Rolex sports watches, 3 Cartier examples, a Brietling Navitimer and Superocean. Whilst lacking in paperwork and boxes these examples were all authentic and importantly were fresh-to-market.

Below we take a look at three of the rarer Rolex examples, their particulars and the realised auction prices.

Figure 1:
ROLEX GMT-MASTER 'ROOTBEER' WRISTWATCH with jubilee bracelet, reference 1675, serial number 5979862, circa 1979-1980

SOLD - £6,200 + BP ⌚️💥🔨

The exotic colourway of this vintage sports watch certainly catches the eye and although production took place from 1959-1980, examples seldom appear at auction. Against an estimate of £4000-6000, buyers scrambled to add it to their collection eventually realising just above the top estimate. It may not be to everyone’s liking but the wristwatches we wear are a personal choice and certainly reveal a little about the individual wearing them. It is a statement piece straight out of the 70’s that is sure to turn some heads.

Figure 2:
ROLEX GMT-MASTER 'FUCHSIA' WRISTWATCH with later jubilee bracelet, reference 1675, serial number 1980547, circa 1966-67

SOLD - £13,000 + BP ⌚️💥🔨

My personal favourite from the single-owner collection had to be the gorgeous GMT-Master ‘Fuchsia’. Boasting all original components, apart from a later bracelet, interest pre-sale was understandably high. Over the previous five decades the metallic insert had remained extremely vibrant but had changed colour from red to a consistent fuchsia with the opposing deep blue mellowing. This combination is highly prized by collectors and with telephone and internet interest competing, the watch eventually hammered at a strong £13,000 + BP to a room bidder.

Figure 3:
ROLEX "DAYTONA BIG RED" OYSTER COSMOGRAPH WRISTWATCH with oyster bracelet, reference 6265, serial number 9583016, circa 1986-87

SOLD - £46,000 + BP ⌚️💥🔨

Perhaps the Cosmograph Daytona was always going to be the star of the show and quite rightly so. Launched in 1963 and named after the Daytona speedway in Florida, these chronographs were designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers. It is arguably the most coveted and iconic of all collectable wristwatches, certainly the holy grail for cosmograph collectors. Understated and timeless, it is a design that is certain to continue to be in high demand in the future and was a pleasure to handle on behalf of the vendor.

As mentioned, none of these watches appeared with any original paperwork, boxes or service history. They were fresh to market and achieved very healthy results following extensive exposure by our team.
We would be delighted to talk to you about any timepiece you may have at home whether a longcase clock, mantel clock, pocket or wristwatch.
Email: charles.hampshire@rogersjones.co.uk

Rolex GMT-Master “Rootbeer” wristwatch

with jubilee bracelet, reference 1675, serial number 5979862, circa 1979-1980

£6,200 + BP

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The exotic colourway of this vintage sports watch certainly catches the eye and although production took place from 1959-1980, examples seldom appear at auction. Against an estimate of £4000-6000, buyers scrambled to add it to their collection eventually realising just above the top estimate. It may not be to everyone’s liking but the wristwatches we wear are a personal choice and certainly reveal a little about the individual wearing them. It is a statement piece straight out of the 70’s that is sure to turn some heads.

Rolex GMT-Master “Fuchsia” Wristwatch

with later jubilee bracelet, reference 1675, serial number 1980547, circa 1966-67

£13,000 + BP

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My personal favourite from the single-owner collection had to be the gorgeous GMT-Master ‘Fuchsia’. Boasting all original components, apart from a later bracelet, interest pre-sale was understandably high. Over the previous five decades the metallic insert had remained extremely vibrant but had changed colour from red to a consistent fuchsia with the opposing deep blue mellowing. This combination is highly prized by collectors and with telephone and internet interest competing, the watch eventually hammered at a strong £13,000 + BP to a room bidder.

Rolex “Daytona Big Red” Oyster Cosmograph Wristwatch

with oyster bracelet, reference 6265, serial number 9583016, circa 1986-87

£46,000 + BP

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Perhaps the Cosmograph Daytona was always going to be the star of the show and quite rightly so. Launched in 1963 and named after the Daytona speedway in Florida, these chronographs were designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers. It is arguably the most coveted and iconic of all collectable wristwatches, certainly the holy grail for cosmograph collectors. Understated and timeless, it is a design that is certain to continue to be in high demand in the future and was a pleasure to handle on behalf of the vendor.

As mentioned, none of these watches appeared with any original paperwork, boxes or service history. They were fresh to market and achieved very healthy results following extensive exposure by our team.

Below is a selection of prestige wristwatches we have sold at our salerooms in recent years with prices noted.

Rolex Daytona Wristwatch 46000
Rolex Daytona Wristwatch 46000
Sold £46000
32 Rolex Single Red Submariner Wristwatch SOLD 15000
32 Rolex Single Red Submariner Wristwatch SOLD 15000
Sold £15000
18 CT Gold Rolex Wristwatch SOLD 6800
18 CT Gold Rolex Wristwatch SOLD 6800
Sold £6800
1 Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT Master Wristwatch SOLD 12500
1 Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT Master Wristwatch SOLD 12500
Sold £12500
27 Circa 1966 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer SOLD 5000
27 Circa 1966 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer SOLD 5000
Sold £5000
Breitling Chronomat Wristwatch SOLD 2700
Breitling Chronomat Wristwatch SOLD 2700
Sold £2700
Rolex Milgauss Wristwatch SOLD 5200
Rolex Milgauss Wristwatch SOLD 5200
Sold £5200
Rolex Submariner Kermit Wristwatch SOLD 15000
Rolex Submariner Kermit Wristwatch SOLD 15000
Sold £15000
Rolex Datejust II SOLD 5500
Rolex Datejust II SOLD 5500
Sold £5500
ROLEX GMT MARINER SOLD 5300
ROLEX GMT MARINER SOLD 5300
Sold £5300
20 Rolex Oysterdate Wristwatch SOLD 2300
20 Rolex Oysterdate Wristwatch SOLD 2300
Sold £2300
18 K Gold Rolex Wristwatch SOLD 5800
18 K Gold Rolex Wristwatch SOLD 5800
Sold £5800
Baume Mercier Wristwatch SOLD 980
Baume Mercier Wristwatch SOLD 980
Sold £980
Breitling Wristwatch SOLD 1700
Breitling Wristwatch SOLD 1700
Sold £1700
Omega 18 CT Gold Wristwatch Sold 700
Omega 18 CT Gold Wristwatch Sold 700
Sold £700
A Rolex GMT Master II 6100
A Rolex GMT Master II 6100
Sold £6100
Omega 18 CT Gold Wristwatch SOLD 750
Omega 18 CT Gold Wristwatch SOLD 750
Sold £750
Military Dirty Dozen Wristwatch SOLD 4200
Military Dirty Dozen Wristwatch SOLD 4200
Sold £4200
Omega Constallation Wristwatch SOLD 650
Omega Constallation Wristwatch SOLD 650
Sold £650
Omega Wristwatch SOLD 550
Omega Wristwatch SOLD 550
Sold £550
Rolex Submariner SOLD 7600
Rolex Submariner SOLD 7600
Sold £7600
Patek Philippe Wristwatch SOLD 11000
Patek Philippe Wristwatch SOLD 11000
Sold £11000
Rolex Datejust Wristwatch SOLD 3200
Rolex Datejust Wristwatch SOLD 3200
Sold £3200
18 CT gold wristwatch 2800
18 CT gold wristwatch 2800
Sold £2800
A 1960s pulsar watch 600
A 1960s pulsar watch 600
Sold £600
A 1980s gentlemans rolex 5200
A 1980s gentlemans rolex 5200
Sold £5200
PATEK PHILIPPE WRISTWATCH SOLD 3300
PATEK PHILIPPE WRISTWATCH SOLD 3300
Sold £3300
1940s Heuer Wristwatch 1000
1940s Heuer Wristwatch 1000
Sold £1000
Omega Wristwatch 440
Omega Wristwatch 440
Sold £440
Ladies Rolex Earring Set SOLD 4000
Ladies Rolex Earring Set SOLD 4000
Sold £4000
Patek Philippe Wristwatch Sold 3200
Patek Philippe Wristwatch Sold 3200
Sold £3200
Rolex GMT Fuchsia Wristwatch Sold 13000
Rolex GMT Fuchsia Wristwatch Sold 13000
Sold £13000
Rolex Submariner Wristwatch 8500
Rolex Submariner Wristwatch 8500
Sold £8500
Ladies Rolex Oyster Wristwatch
Ladies Rolex Oyster Wristwatch
Sold £300
9 CT Gold Mappin Webb Wristwatch SOLD 320
9 CT Gold Mappin Webb Wristwatch SOLD 320
Sold £320
Breitling Chrono Avenger Wristwatch SOLD 1100
Breitling Chrono Avenger Wristwatch SOLD 1100
Sold £1100
Rolex Precision Wristwatch SOLD 1000
Rolex Precision Wristwatch SOLD 1000
Sold £1000
Rolex Air King Wristwatch SOLD 3000
Rolex Air King Wristwatch SOLD 3000
Sold £3000
Breitling Chronograph Wristwatch SOLD 1000
Breitling Chronograph Wristwatch SOLD 1000
Sold £1000
18 CT Rolex Wristwatch SOLD 1050
18 CT Rolex Wristwatch SOLD 1050
Sold £1050
Rolex Submariner Wristwatch SOLD 7000
Rolex Submariner Wristwatch SOLD 7000
Sold £7000
Boucheron 18 CT Gold Diamond Wristwatch SOLD 4000
Boucheron 18 CT Gold Diamond Wristwatch SOLD 4000
Sold £4000
Grana WWII British Military Issue Wristwatch SOLD 18000
Grana WWII British Military Issue Wristwatch SOLD 18000
Sold £18000
Rolex Gold Diamond Calendar Wristwatch SOLD 23500
Rolex Gold Diamond Calendar Wristwatch SOLD 23500
Sold £23500
9 CT Gold Jaeger Wristwatch SOLD 480
9 CT Gold Jaeger Wristwatch SOLD 480
Sold £480
9 CT Gold Omega Wristwatch SOLD 600
9 CT Gold Omega Wristwatch SOLD 600
Sold £600
Breitling Transocean Chronograph Wristwatch SOLD 2800
Breitling Transocean Chronograph Wristwatch SOLD 2800
Sold £2800
Cartier Panthere Wristwatch SOLD 1300
Cartier Panthere Wristwatch SOLD 1300
Sold £1300
Cartier Roadster Bracelet Watch SOLD 1000
Cartier Roadster Bracelet Watch SOLD 1000
Sold £1000
Omega Military Issue Wristwatch SOLD 1200
Omega Military Issue Wristwatch SOLD 1200
Sold £1200
TAG Heuer Calibre 1 Chronograph Wristwatch SOLD 1500
TAG Heuer Calibre 1 Chronograph Wristwatch SOLD 1500
Sold £1500
TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph Wristwatch SOLD 1200
TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph Wristwatch SOLD 1200
Sold £1200
TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph Wristwatch SOLD 2000
TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph Wristwatch SOLD 2000
Sold £2000
Tudor Calendar Wristwatch SOLD 5400
Tudor Calendar Wristwatch SOLD 5400
Sold £5400
18 CT White Gold Tissot Ladies Wristwatch SOLD 650
18 CT White Gold Tissot Ladies Wristwatch SOLD 650
Sold £650
Breitling Navitimer Chronograph Wristwatch SOLD 1200
Breitling Navitimer Chronograph Wristwatch SOLD 1200
Sold £1200
Omega Chronostop Wristwatch SOLD 750
Omega Chronostop Wristwatch SOLD 750
Sold £750
18 CT White Gold Tissot Ladies Wristwatch SOLD 650
18 CT White Gold Tissot Ladies Wristwatch SOLD 650
Sold £650
18 CT Gold Longines Wristwatch SOLD 700
18 CT Gold Longines Wristwatch SOLD 700
Sold £700
12 Lemania Dirty Dozen Wristwatch SOLD 850
12 Lemania Dirty Dozen Wristwatch SOLD 850
Sold £850
15 Omega Chronograph Wristwatch SOLD 1000
15 Omega Chronograph Wristwatch SOLD 1000
Sold £1000
19 Seiko 18 CT Gold Wristwatch SOLD 1200
19 Seiko 18 CT Gold Wristwatch SOLD 1200
Sold £1200
21 Omega 9 CT Gold Wristwatch SOLD 1200
21 Omega 9 CT Gold Wristwatch SOLD 1200
Sold £1200
24 Rolex 9 CT Gold Wristwatch SOLD 1300
24 Rolex 9 CT Gold Wristwatch SOLD 1300
Sold £1300
27 Breitling Chronograph Wristwatch SOLD 1600
27 Breitling Chronograph Wristwatch SOLD 1600
Sold £1600
29 Rolex 9 CT Gold Wristwatch SOLD 1600
29 Rolex 9 CT Gold Wristwatch SOLD 1600
Sold £1600
36 Longines 18 CT Gold Wristwatch SOLD 1980
36 Longines 18 CT Gold Wristwatch SOLD 1980
Sold £1980
39 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Wristwatch SOLD 2400
39 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Wristwatch SOLD 2400
Sold £2400
40 Tag Heuer Monaco Wristwatch SOLD 2600
40 Tag Heuer Monaco Wristwatch SOLD 2600
Sold £2600
41 Rolex Datejust Wristwatch SOLD 2600
41 Rolex Datejust Wristwatch SOLD 2600
Sold £2600
43 Rolex Datejust Wristwatch SOLD 3000
43 Rolex Datejust Wristwatch SOLD 3000
Sold £3000
Omega 9 CT Gold Wristwatch SOLD 640
Omega 9 CT Gold Wristwatch SOLD 640
Sold £640
5 18 CT Gold Ladies Rolex Wristwatch SOLD 5000
5 18 CT Gold Ladies Rolex Wristwatch SOLD 5000
Sold £5000
7 Ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual Wristwatch SOLD 4000
7 Ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual Wristwatch SOLD 4000
Sold £4000
21 Maurice Lacroix Wrist Watch SOLD 1000
21 Maurice Lacroix Wrist Watch SOLD 1000
Sold £1000
Fine Glashutte 18 CT Gold Wristwatch SOLD 3500
Fine Glashutte 18 CT Gold Wristwatch SOLD 3500
Sold £3500
2 Rolex Explorer Wristwatch SOLD 6200
2 Rolex Explorer Wristwatch SOLD 6200
Sold £6200
14 Breitling Thunderball Wristwatch SOLD 2000
14 Breitling Thunderball Wristwatch SOLD 2000
Sold £2000
8 Cartier Gold Wristwatch SOLD 1200
8 Cartier Gold Wristwatch SOLD 1200
Sold £1200
22 Rolex Ladies Oyster Perpetual Wristwatch SOLD 2400
22 Rolex Ladies Oyster Perpetual Wristwatch SOLD 2400
Sold £2400
24 Rolex Calendar Wristwatch SOLD 2800
24 Rolex Calendar Wristwatch SOLD 2800
Sold £2800
25 Omega Seamaster Wristwatch SOLD 3000
25 Omega Seamaster Wristwatch SOLD 3000
Sold £3000
29 Rolex Oyster Perpetual wristwatch SOLD 3400
29 Rolex Oyster Perpetual wristwatch SOLD 3400
Sold £3400
7 Rolex Datejust Bracelet SOLD 4000
7 Rolex Datejust Bracelet SOLD 4000
Sold £4000
3 Rolex GMT Master Sold 7000
3 Rolex GMT Master Sold 7000
Sold £7000
3 18 CT Gold Baume Merecier Wristwatch SOLD 1920
3 18 CT Gold Baume Merecier Wristwatch SOLD 1920
Sold £1920
5 Breitling Wristwatch SOLD 1500
5 Breitling Wristwatch SOLD 1500
Sold £1500
7 18 CT Gold Omega Constellation Bracelet Watch SOLD 1500
7 18 CT Gold Omega Constellation Bracelet Watch SOLD 1500
Sold £1500

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