01 November, 2018

Iconic Watches With William George

Rolex watches are some of the most sought-after in the world. What is it? Even though they are not priced at the top of the market, they command some of the highest prices at auction. The Paul Newman Daytona still holds the record of the most expensive watch in the world.

Steve McQueen also has a watch going into an auction and those two icons represent a whole era of Hollywood! There's just something about Rolex which turns heads and raises eyebrows.

We found 4 lots in an auction which carry their own piece of history and can remind us of how iconic and sought-after Rolex watches are. 

A 1954 Rolex Submariner Ref: 6538

1) 1954 Rolex Submariner Ref: 6538.

This vintage Rolex is in a class of its own. It was the watch of choice for James Bond during his outings in Dr NoGoldfinger, From Russia with Love and Thunderball. It was here where the 6538 became known as the James Bond Submariner.  

Produced between 1954 and 1959, one of its distinctive features is the big crown but no crown guards. 

Trivia - In each appearance of James Bond, the 6538 would have a different strap. Here are some more details:

  • Size - 37mm.
  • Movement - Automatic.                              
  • Case - Stainless Steel.
  • Dial - Black.

With a high estimate of £250,000, this Submariner will adorn any Rolex collection. You can find this iconic watch in our 'The Rare & Collectable Collection' which ends on 21st November!


2) 1954 Rolex 6205 Submariner.

A 1954 Rolex Submariner Ref: 6205

Among the Holy Trinity of Submariners, The Ref 6205 joined the 6204 and the 6200 as the first Submariners ever made. 

Although they were created in the same year, they each have their own unique characteristics but the Ref 6205 has a distinctive one still seen on contemporary Submariners. 

Did you know the ref: 6205 was the first model to include the word 'Submariner' on the dial? Furthermore, it was only produced for a year which illustrates how rare this watches actually are!

Eagle-eyed fans will also spot the 'Mercedes Hands' but what does it mean? Could it be a reference to Mercedes Gleitze who swam the English Channel with a Rolex protected by the water-tight oyster case? Could a be a reference to the areas the wanted to conquer? Air, Land and Sea.

Trivia - This watch carried a high estimate of £45,000.

Whatever the answer, this is a famous watch with a lot of history and can be found in our 'Vintage Watches, Jewellery & Loose Diamonds' auction which ends on 11th November!


3) 1958 Rolex GMT Ref: 6542.

A 1958 ROLEX GMT Ref: 6542

Where to start with this watch? Firstly you have the bezel which became now as the Coke bezel and then there's the fact it played a starring role in James Bond Goldfinger. Worn by Pussy Galore, it became a hit with fans.

The next big thing is that Ref: 6542 is the first GMTs ever made by Rolex!

Trivia - The GMT Master was designed with the goal of becoming the 'Pilot's Watch' and can be set to tell the time in different time zones. 

This example has been kept well but displays sign of age. With a high estimate of £35,000, this watch will adorn any Rolex collection or carry your weight in history.

You can this watch in our 'Vintage Watches, Jewellery & Loose Diamonds' auction which ends on 11th November!


4) 1984 Rolex Daytona Cosmograph "Big Red".

A 1981 Rolex Daytona ref: 6263

The nickname of big red comes from the Daytona writing. Ref: 6263 is a famous watch is because it's the last references along with the 6265 to be mechanically wound. 

The Rolex Daytona became associated with the Daytona Speedway and has been a mainstay ever since. This watch features a chronograph complication which allows simultaneous timings.

One of Rolex's most famous watches, it bears numerous hallmarks of an iconic watch. Here are some key details:

  • Size - 37mm.
  • Age - 1981.
  • Case - Stainless Steel.
  • Dial - Black Baton.

With a high estimate of £100,000, the prestigious history and also its mechanical wound come together to create a truly special watch. 

You can find it in our 'Custom, Modern & Vintage' auction which ends on 7th November!


Final Words

There's a wealth of history in Rolex watches. Each distinguihsed by their model number, they contain little tweaks or major overhauls which have a huge impact on the legacy and look of that famous family. 

The Submariner is renowed for their partnership with James Bond and the high-flying GMTs being known for their conquest of the skies. There's a story for every Rolex and you can join that history too with our collection of Rolex watches that you can find in auction!

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