Christie’s Important Watches sale will soon take place in Geneva, featuring 115 outstanding Rolex watches, aside from several PatekPhillippe timepieces, including a 1981 perpetual calendar with moon phase complication and white gold case. This is a recently rediscovered PatekPhillippe and it is believed to fetch as much as $1.5 million (Ref. 3448).
One of the most anticipated lots at the auction will be the world’s most expensive Rolex, an oversized split seconds chronograph from 1942. This is the brand’s only split seconds chronograph, which makes it extremely important and rare, and which explains a lot of the presale estimated price of $1.3 million. Reference 4113, the watch is made of stainless steel and represents an exquisite vintage Rolex with historical importance.
Another noteworthy lot is the word’s only known Daytona model to bear the Hermès stamp on the caseback. It was retailed by the fabled French fashion house, and today it is expected to be bought for $420,000. Manufactured in 1968, this is a truly magnificent gold chronograph “Paul Newman” Daytona, and very rare piece indeed (Ref. 6241).