At Bonhams Fine Watches Sale

On 12 December, Bonhams will hold its Fine Watches and Wristwatches Sale at its flagship Bond Street saleroom. The sale features a wide range of important, rare and highly desirable timepieces, including a trio of exceptionally rare Paul Newman Daytonas and a highly-desirable Rolex Submariner Explorer with red depth rating dial that was used during the America's Cup.

It was presented to the crew of the clipper The Sovereign which took part in the Cup in 1964 - the yachting race is the oldest international sporting competition in the world. The unique patina on the dial is likely due to the salt water it was exposed to while racing across the tempestuous Atlantic. The Red depth rating dial is one of the earliest submariners, and this example is offered by the son of the original owner.

Three magnificent Paul Newman Daytonas are to be offered. The first is estimated at £120,000-180,000 and has been in the same family ownership since it was purchased new in the late 1960s. The second dates from circa.1969 and is estimated at £80,000-150,000, while the circa.1967 model is expected to achieve between £100,000-150,000.

Two Kew A Certificate Rolexes will be offered at the sale, some of the rarest series ever made by the watchmaker. Every single one was separately numbered and listed, and only 136 successfully passed the rigourous tests required to achieve their Kew A Ceritificate, and only 16 received the 'Especially Good' classification. This is one such example. The test is carried out over 45 days and was designed by the Royal Navy for their ships' chronometers.

Military watches have proved very popular in recent auctions across the world, and the Peruvian Airforce Cosmograph Ref: 6263 from Rolex is one of the top lots in the sale (£65,000-85,000). The 'Fuerza Area del Peru' only ordered a handful of chronographs, making this Daytona an incredibly rare example.

Jonathan Darracott. Global Head of Watches at Bonhams, commented: 'This sale is a perfect example of Bonhams widespread expertise and knowledge. We are delighted to be offering such an impressive range in this sale, the breadth of which is rarely seen in a single auction. The red depth Submariner is a fascinating and unusually original piece, and we have high expectations for it on sale day.'


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewelry. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.


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