The major spring sales of ‘important timepieces’ are taking place in Geneva this weekend with some eye-popping offerings on the vintage Rolex front. Pick any of the auctions at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Antiquorum and you’ll find rarities you can lust after, if not actually afford. An ultra-exclusive chronograph from 1942 is likely to fetch over a million bucks at Christie’s on May 15 and break the world record, while there are dozens of rare â€œPaul Newmanâ€ Daytonas of every description. Some of the oldest examples show some wear and patina that might â€œdevalueâ€ them but only adds to their appeal in our eyes.
Picking favorites out of this crowd is pretty tough, but Antiquorum comes across as the clear winner with a couple of original Pan Am pilots’ GMT models from the â€˜50s and â€˜60s, complete with some of the flyers’ other accoutrements. Pictured above is a 1957 â€œTropical Dialâ€ GMT-Master, property of the original owner, estimated at $27,000 – $38,000. It comes with the pilot’s Pan Am cap, briefcase, lighter, ashtray and flight instruction manual. There’s a 1962 Pan Am GMT-Master accompanied by some artifacts as well. Check it out along with some of our other selections from the Antiquorum sale below.
-Jared Paul Stern is the editor of DRIVEN.
(All images courtesy Antiquorum.)