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Words by: Jared Paul Stern

Artcurial of Paris is best known for their amazing auctions of classic cars.

Lately theyve also gotten into the vintage watch game however, and now theyre about to pull off the ultimate gents double-header: at the Htel Hermitage in Monaco on July 20th theyre staging both a classic car and wristwatch sale on the same day. The car sale, intriguingly dubbed From the Estate of a Friend of Maria Callas, contains some pretty nifty motors, including not one but two Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman limousines that belonged to the iconic opera star and Aristotle Onassis consort a 1966 and a 1971. But its the watches that really caught our eye, starring an incredible selection of vintage Rolexes, including some eye-popping Daytonas plus a few pretty natty Patek and Cartier models.

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Here are our picks:
1. 1943 Patek Philippe platinum rectangular curved manual winding wristwatch retailed by Tiffany & Co., with extract from the Patek Philippe archives. Est. $27,500.

2. 1975 Rolex Steve McQueen Explorer II, Ref. 1655. Est. $16,500. Beautiful patina on the model named after the King of Cool that he never really wore.

3. 1971 Rolex Paul Newman Daytona, Ref. 6264/6262. Est. $100,000. A classic Newman, in perfect condition. Cornerstone of any serious collection.

4. 1982 Rolex Big Red Floating Daytona retailed by Tiffany & Co., Ref. 6263. Est. $165,000. Extremely rare, with the added Tiffany provenance.

5. 1973 Rolex Havana Dial Daytona, Ref. 6265/6265. Est. $120,000. The third and final Daytona in our selection, in a ridiculously rare shade of brown.

6. 1958 Rolex James Bond Submariner, Ref. 6536/1. Est. $13,000. Quite reasonable for this beautiful Bond. Better be pretty speedy with the paddle.

7. 1937 Rolex Antimagnetic manual winding chronograph retailed by Verga, Ref. 3335. Est. $27,500. In the same family since its original purchase. Real Rolex history.

8. 1930 Cartier Tank Basculante 18K white gold rectangular reversible wristwatch with deployment clasp. Est. $33,000. Ever seen a reversible Tank? We didnt think so.

Artcurial
Fine Watches sale
Htel Hermitage, Monte-Carlo
20-21 July 2015

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