Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 October 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

One of the finest selections of vintage and contemporary watches we were able to put together. We tried to do our best to offer you extremely rare and well preserved collectable pieces of the best manufactures.

Session I: Saturday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 104
Session II: Sunday 23 October, 10:30 AM – lots 105 to 179
Session III: Sunday 23 October, 2:30 PM – lots 180 to 271

199 Rolex Astonishing and Very Rare, Oyster Galaxy, Perpetual Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, With Honeycomb Dial and Star-Shaped Indexes, Reference 6098

Estimate: € 50,000 –⁠ 100,000

Sold € 58,500

Model: Galaxy
Reference: 6098
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Year: 1952
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: A296
Case N°: 726444
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

Highly desirable among collectors, the reference 6098 represents the largest Bubbleback with no complications ever produced by the firm. Clearly designed as a robust sports’ watch meant to withstand even the most difficult conditions, a group of around 30 watches of this reference was used to several Everest expeditions and specifically for this reason it is also known as the pre-Explorer. Considering its sportiness, it was predominantly available with standard dials layout, with applied dagger/Arabic indexes. In very scarce cases, some specimens were equipped with a highly appealing honeycomb dial, furthermore, highlighted with the sought after star-shaped numerals, more commonly associated with the celebrated reference 6062. We are honored to be able to offer one of these incredibly rare specimen: fitted with a round automatic movement, the two-body steel case is genuinely nice, still maintaining the original proportion. The untouched conditions of the “Stelline” style dial featuring an ivory white honeycomb finishing with star-shaped hour markers and dagger numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock is amazing from the very first glance. Coming from a private Rolex collection, this watch has been jealously preserved in a safe box for many years and that is shown by the stain of the unmoved hands on the dial. This lot can possibly be one of the most sought-after time-only references ever produced by Rolex.