5 most coveted vintage Rolex models

We tell you which Rolex models collectors arrange a real hunt and why they are so popular in the vintage vintage rolex models watch market.

Friends! Over the past 5 years, Rolex watches have increased dramatically in price, and this applies to almost all current models. However, if you think that the price madness affected only modern models of the brand, you are deeply mistaken. A similar situation is observed in the market of collectible watches. Here’s a look at the 5 most coveted vintage Rolex models. At the same time, we will tell you why these watches are so popular among collectors.

Rolex Daytona Paul Newman Ref. 6239

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If in the early 2000s the cult chronograph Rolex Daytona Paul Newman ref. 6239 could be bought for about $ 30,000, today it is worth counting on the amount of 10 times higher. Of course, on the Internet you can find cheaper options, but if you are looking for a model with the prefix Paul Newman, then you definitely need to have a solid bank account.

Behind the prefix Paul Newman hides Daytona models with the so-called “exotic” dial. Personally, I recognize it by the specific design of the counters with squares at the ends of the divisions. As is often the case in the history of cult watches, at one time these versions of the chronograph were recognized as a commercial failure. Hence the short period of production and as a result quite rare hours. Honestly, I do not know how popular actor Paul Newman was once, but the fact remains that in October 2017, his personal Rolex Daytona Paul Newman Ref. 6239 went under the hammer for a whopping $ 17.8 million.

Rolex Submariner Ref. 5514 «COMEX»

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From 1970 to 1997, the French at Compagnie maritime d’expertises worked with Rolex to create the best diving watches. In 27 years of collaboration, Rolex released a total of nine COMEX watches as part of the Submariner and Sea-Dweller collections. The watch is easily recognizable by the COMEX logo on the dial and the helium valve on the left side of the case. The presence of an exhaust valve is extremely important for watches that are use at great depths. Otherwise, the accumulation of helium gas in the case can cause the clock glass to pop out.

The most coveted model of the COMEX series is probably the Submariner ref. 5514, created specifically for the French team of divers. It is believed that Rolex has released only 154 copies of this model. Prices for these watches today range from $100,000 to $200,000.

Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538 «Big Crown»

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Sean Connery wore this watch in several James Bond films. In particular, in “Doctor No”, “From Russia with Love” and “Goldfinger”. If in the first two films it was props on a leather strap, then in “Goldfinger” Connery starred already in his personal watch with a narrow fabric strap.

The Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538 was release in 1956 in parallel with the Rolex Submariner Ref. 6536. From the last watch was distinguishe by a more massive crown. The model was release in two versions. In the first, the text at the bottom of the dial fits into 2 lines. In the second inscription are made in 4 lines. The 4-line version was the first Rolex Submariner model with a certified chronometer movement. Prices for this watch start at $70,000 and go up to $250,000 for copies in excellent condition.

Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 6542

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And a little more Bond. The Rolex GMT-Master ref. 6542 was the first model of the iconic GMT-Master with a red and blue bezel. In Goldfinger, the Bond girl Honor Blackman, embodying the image of Galore on the screen, wore this watch.

At that time, women did not wear watches of this size. But Galore was no ordinary woman – she was a female pilot. Just for the pilots rolex GMT-Master was create. According to them, it was possible to track time in two time zones at once. The red and blue color scheme of the bezel was inspire by the official colors of pan Am, the largest U.S. carrier at the time.

The first GMT-Master models were equipped with a bezel made of bakelite – fragile, prone to cracking, but fashionable at that time plastic. Given this fact, it is extremely difficult to find early copies of the GMT-Master Ref. 6542 in good condition. If you do, expect to see prices in the range of $70,000 to $150,000.

Rolex Daytona Paul Newman Ref. 6264 in gold case

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Anyone who knows anything about vintage rolex models Daytona hand-wound models will tell you that the rarest and most sought-after Daytona vintage rolex models are the Ref. 6262 with steel bezel and Ref. 6264 with black acrylic bezel. Both models were produce for a very short period – according to some sources, only a year. It is believe that Rolex produced approximately 1800 copies of each model, the vast majority of which were steel versions.

Approximately 15% of this, in general, not so small circulation, was offered in cases of yellow gold. Most of the gold versions of the 6264 reference were equipped with a lemon-colored dial with black counters. But there is another version of the model, with the reverse color scheme – a black background and light yellow counters. This dial is called John Player Special, or “JPS” and is found in only a few copies. You can find this watch mainly at auctions, where the estimate usually falls into the fork from $ 1 to 2 million.

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