Words by: Jared Paul Stern
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.
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.
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