The “Iconic Watches of Hollywood” auction by Bob’s Watches has some batshit-crazy Rolex models in itZach Blass
Auction catalogues can be quite intimidating at times, with hundreds of lots, understated estimates, and vague additional costs tacked on after achieving a winning bid. Bob’s Watches has completely streamlined the process for the end consumer, curating a small selection of highly desirable watches across a range of price points with their “Fresh Finds – Iconic Watches of Hollywood” auction launched earlier this week.
Running for one week, from Monday, November 16 to November 23, Bob’s Watches once again goes for quality over quantity with five killer references that have all graced the wrists of some of Hollywood’s most famous stars both in and out of film. To make things even more interesting, each of the lots are offered with ZERO buyer’s premium. Yes, you read that right – an incredible value proposition for prospective bidders.
Rolex Daytona ref. 6239 – Paul Newman
Arguably the most famous watch within the watch community, the Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona ref. 6239 is a watch that needs very little introduction. The most immediate signal of a Paul Newman Daytona are their exotic dials, affectionately referred to as “panda” dials. Newman’s wife, Joanne Woodward, is known to have gifted and engraved two watches for the renowned Hollywood star and racing enthusiast – the first, the white panda dial incarnation, and the second, a black “reverse-panda” dial, which is the style Bob’s Watches has sourced for their auction. Incredibly rare, these watches command very high hammer prices when they come up for sale – especially when they are owned by the man himself. This particular Rolex Daytona ref. 6239 was produced in about 1968 and has had very little polishing performed to its case and all of its components are factory original. Estimate: $175,000 to $225,000.
Rolex Submariner ref. 6538 – Sean Connery
It is only fitting, with the recent and unfortunate passing of legendary actor Sean Connery, that a Rolex Submariner ref. 6538 “Big Crown” is offered for sale. The most valuable and recognised Bond watch, as well as the first Bond watch to grace cinemas worldwide, the 6538 is one of the most sought-after vintage divers on the market. It stands out due to its 38mm profile, red triangle aluminium bezel, and most notably the absence of crown guards to protect its proportionally large crown – which actually makes it much easier to grip. This example from 1957 boasts an incredibly attractive ghosted bezel, tropical dial, and creamy patinated hands and markers. Estimate: $175,000 to $200,000.
Rolex GMT-Master ref. 6542 – Honor Blackman
While James Bond has notably worn many watches throughout the film series, he is not the only character to have a badass watch on their wrist. Actress Honor Blackman, playing the role of Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, notably wore a Rolex GMT-Master ref. 6542 – so much so that the watch has actually been nicknamed after her character. It is not only a famous reference for appearing in a Bond movie, but also important in the pantheon of Rolex as it was the first-ever GMT model from the brand. This Rolex GMT-Master ref. 6542 “Pussy Galore” is in astounding condition, with an unpolished case, fully intact and desirable Bakelite “Pepsi” bezel, and uniform patinated hands and markers – you would be hard pressed to find a 6542 in better condition. Estimate: $150,000 to $200,000.
Rolex Submariner ref. 5512 – Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen, aka the “King of Cool”, was repeatedly spotted wearing his Rolex Submariner ref. 5512 in his personal life. Considering the incredibly cool timepieces he wore throughout his films (such as the TAG Heuer Monaco in Le Mans), it really speaks to the respect he had for the Submariner that he would make the watch a dominant daily driver within his collection. A known racing and motorsport enthusiast, it may surprise some he did not only display a preference for chronographs. At the end of the day though, a man as active and outgoing as him needed to sport a robust and reliable timepiece on his wrist and there are few better candidates than the Rolex Submariner. The Rolex Submariner ref. 5512 offered for sale is in great and original condition, and has faintly patinated hands and markers that should continue to age with time. Estimate: $30,000 to $35,000.
Omega Seamaster 300 “Spectre” Limited Edition – Daniel Craig
The most modern and affordable watch of the bunch, the Seamaster 300 “Spectre” from Omega is arguably the most sought-after modern Seamaster offered by the brand. The 7007 watches sold out very quickly, and those late to pull the trigger had to pay the market premium over retail to snag one for their collection. The watch only deviates ever so slightly from the production model but, as we know, the watch marketplace is a game of millimetres and details. This 007 edition features a fully numbered dive bezel and a lollipop seconds hand. It also had the pleasure of gracing Daniel Craig’s wrist during his outing as James Bond in the film Spectre. The Omega Seamaster 300 “Spectre” Bob’s Watches has sourced is in mint condition, complete with its factory stickers, original box, warranty card, and all original packaging materials – making it a ripe pickup for even the most nitpicking of collectors. Estimate: $7,000 to $10,000.
“Fresh Finds – Iconic Watches of Hollywood” auction details:
The “Fresh Finds – Iconic Watches of Hollywood” started on Monday, November 16 and will run for one week, ending on Monday, November 23.
As a reminder, Bob’s Watches has completely deviated from traditional auction house methods by removing the buyer’s premium from the equation – presenting incredible value for bidders.
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