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Rolex & Other Prestige Watches

Pre-used prestige watches are demanding high sums. It really is 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.

The collection was split into two auctions and realised over £100,000. Below are some highlights from the collection:

Rolex GMT-Master “Rootbeer” wristwatch

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

£6,200 + BP

Rolex 'Root Beer'

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

Rolex GMT-Master 'Fuchsia'

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

Rolex Daytona 'Big Red'

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.

18K Gold Rolex Day-Date Wristwatch
18K Gold Rolex Day-Date Wristwatch
Sold £6800
18K Gold Rolex Wristwatch
18K Gold Rolex Wristwatch
Sold £5800
Baume Mercier Wristwatch
Baume Mercier Wristwatch
Sold £980
Breitling Navitimer Wristwatch
Breitling Navitimer Wristwatch
Sold £1700
Omega 18K Gold Wristwatch
Omega 18K Gold Wristwatch
Sold £700
Omega 18K Gold Wristwatch
Omega 18K Gold Wristwatch
Sold £750
Omega Constellation Wristwatch
Omega Constellation Wristwatch
Sold £650
Omega Wristwatch
Omega Wristwatch
Sold £550
Patek Philippe Wristwatch
Patek Philippe Wristwatch
Sold £11000
Rolex Datejust Wristwatch
Rolex Datejust Wristwatch
Sold £3200
Gold Wristwatch
Gold Wristwatch
Sold £2800
1960s Pulsar Watch
1960s Pulsar Watch
Sold £600
1980s Gentleman's Rolex
1980s Gentleman's Rolex
Sold £5200
Rolex GMT Master II
Rolex GMT Master II
Sold £6100
Rolex GMT Mariner
Rolex GMT Mariner
Sold £5300
Patek Philippe Wristwatch
Patek Philippe Wristwatch
Sold £3300
1940's Heuer Wristwatch
1940's Heuer Wristwatch
Sold £1000
Omega Wristwatch
Omega Wristwatch
Sold £440
Ladies Rolex Earring Set
Ladies Rolex Earring Set
Sold £4000
Patek Philippe
Patek Philippe
Sold £3200
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
Sold £46000
Rolex GMT Fuchsia
Rolex GMT Fuchsia
Sold £13000
Rolex Submariner
Rolex Submariner
Sold £8500
Ladies Rolex Oyster Wristwatch
Ladies Rolex Oyster Wristwatch
Sold £300
9CT Gold Mappin & Webb Wristwatch
9CT Gold Mappin & Webb Wristwatch
Sold £320
Breitling Chrono Avenger Wrist Watch
Breitling Chrono Avenger Wrist Watch
Sold £1100
Rolex Precision Wrist Watch
Rolex Precision Wrist Watch
Sold £1000
Rolex Air King Wristwatch
Rolex Air King Wristwatch
Sold £3000
Rolex Submariner
Rolex Submariner
Sold £7600
Breitling Chronograph Wristwatch
Breitling Chronograph Wristwatch
Sold £1000
18 CT Rolex Wristwatch
18 CT Rolex Wristwatch
Sold £1050
Rolex Submariner Wristwatch
Rolex Submariner Wristwatch
Sold £7000
Boucheron 18 CT Gold Diamond Wristwatch
Boucheron 18 CT Gold Diamond Wristwatch
Sold £4000
Grana WWII British Military Issue Wristwatch
Grana WWII British Military Issue Wristwatch
Sold £18000
Rolex Gold Diamond Calendar Wristwatch
Rolex Gold Diamond Calendar Wristwatch
Sold £23500

Watches can be valued free of charge without obligation

South west wales

Charles Hampshire FNAVA LLB (Hons)
West Wales Regional Auctioneer, Jewellery & Watch Valuer

ch@rjauctions.co.uk

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