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 Sothebyâ€™s, Christieâ€™s and Antiquorum and youâ€™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 Christieâ€™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 pilotsâ€™ GMT models from the â€˜50s and â€˜60s, complete with some of the flyersâ€™ other accoutrements. Pictured above is a 1957 â€œTropical Dialâ€ GMT-Master, property of the original owner, estimated at $27,000 â€“ $38,000. It comes with the pilotâ€™s Pan Am cap, briefcase, lighter, ashtray and flight instruction manual. Thereâ€™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.)