The Legendary Rolex “Bao Dai” reference 6062 – one of the world’s most desirable watches ever made by the Swiss watch manufacturer – was sold at an auction held Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo for CHF $5.1 million recently. This extremely rare yellow gold automatic triple calendar Rolex wristwatch with moon phase is one of only three black dial models known to exist with diamond markers. Of the three, the “Bao Dai”, is the only example to feature diamond markers at the even hours, the latter more than doubled its pre-sale estimate.
A total of 220 watches realised $32,578,499 against a pre-sale estimate of CHF 15.8 to 29.2 million.
In addition, the gold Rolex Oyster Paul Newman Daytona achieved a world record price of $3,717,906 – the highest price ever realised for a Rolex Daytona. Described in literature as “The Legend” and one of only three known, it is the rarest variant of all iconic Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona models. Housed in an 18 ct gold case with screw-down pushers, with its creamy lemon-coloured dial, it more than doubled the high end of its pre-sale estimate.
Across brands, but most notably for Rolex and Patek Philippe, having achieved multiple world records, all historical names including Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Heuer, Omega, Longines and A. Lange & Söhne sold well above their presale estimates.
Other world records include the highest price achieved for a steel Rolex reference 6062 triple calendar with moonphase, and the highest price achieved for a Patek Philippe reference 2499 2nd series in yellow gold.