What do Paul Newman, James Bond, and Jane Crowd Killie have in common? In addition to being a pop culture icon, everyone has a famous episode with a special Rolex watch. These models will be on sale this week at Antigoren antiques and modern watches.
The world’s top watch auctioneer Antigoron held its last auction of the year at its New York headquarters on December 13. There will be a total of 340 modern and antique clocks, led by a number of valuable Rolex models.
The blockbuster Rolex Gold Ref. 6241 Daytona is familiar to collectors and is a rare ‘Paul Newman’ model. This well-known actor often wore this watch after he began to like racing. The watch was made in the 1960s and is a round button chronograph with a non-reflective black bezel and gold strap on the tachymeter scale. Comes with watch case, warranty (now blank) and instructions for use. Estimate: $ 75,000-125,000.
Another Paul Newman lot is Ref. 6241, made in 1968. It is a waterproof stainless steel watch with a stainless steel Rolex Oyster strap, with Rolex service documents, marked September 19, 2005. Estimate: $ 50,000-$ 70,000.
The Rolex’s Dato-Compax chronograph was made in the 1960s and is best known for wearing the French Olympic ski champion Jan Claude Keely. The auction will present a rare Ref. 6036 stainless steel model, a round button chronograph watch with 3 sub-dials and a stainless steel riveted strap. Made in 1951, comes with a matching box and warranty. Estimate: $ 35,000-$ 55,000.
The Rolex Ref. 6238, circa 1962, is a round button chronograph watch with a tachymeter scale, often called ‘Pre-Daytona’. It is available in stainless steel, 14k gold and 18k gold. Appearing on Antigoron are black dials in stainless steel with a certificate of approval. Estimate: $ 40,000-$ 60,000.
Antigoron also provided the rare Rolex Ref. 5510. Early Submariner models were nicknamed ‘James Bond’ because of their relationship with Agent 007. Wear a Rolex in 007 in the novel of writer Ian Fleming and his early movie incarnation. Now because of advertising sponsorship, Bond wears Omega watches in movies. The watch was made in the first quarter of 1958. This model was produced for only one year, which made it an extraordinary collector’s value. This is a self-winding stainless steel diving watch that is water resistant to 200 meters. Another feature is the large ‘Brevet’ crown. Comes with a stainless steel buckle strap. Estimate: $ 25,000-40,000.