Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 April 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.


Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261

186 Rolex Attractive and Well Preserved, Submariner, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With Black Dial, Reference 1680

Estimate: € 25,000 –⁠ 50,000

Sold € 36,400

Model: Submariner
Reference: 1680
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1970
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 1575
Case N°: 2530706
Dimensions: 40 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

Launched in 1969, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date is probably the best known vintage version of the legendary Submariner line. The reference 1680 was the first Submariner to be produced in series in gold, for clients seeking a touch of luxury with professional capabilities. The present example is a great specimen in yellow gold, absolutely rare with its original dial and unidirectional bezel for checking decompression time spans. The case has been preserved in exceptional conditions still presenting original and charming bevels and deep hallmarks on the lugs. The bezel is black and not the classical blue one, standing out in a more prominent way when juxtaposed to the color of the case. The black dial recalls that of the bezel and features the so-called “nipple” configuration. Rolex collectors have coined the term “nipple” dial for watch faces adorned with these applied numerals with stylish gold surround. The gilt graphics on the present dial are peculiarity of the gold version of the reference and befit the watch perfectly.