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

62 Rolex Valuable and Fine, Explorer, Automatic Wristwatch, in Steel, Black Gilt “Underline” Dial, Reference 5500

Estimate: € 7,000 –⁠ 14,000

Sold € 13,000

Model: Explorer
Reference: 5500
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Year: 1964
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 1530
Case N°: 1 026 242
Dimensions: 34 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

The Explorer history dates back to the references 6098 and 6150 in 1952, followed by the 6610 three years later. The 5500 is not a reference of an Explorer family, in fact, clearly identifiable as an Explorer with its 3-6-9 dial, the present reference 5500 is a transformed Air King model with a 34 mm case instead of the usual 36 mm. The DNA of the history of the model is undeniably present, but is a bit reinterpreted with a smaller twist, noticeable especially in its perfect stainless steel case and by its dial design, with the black-gilt configuration, preserved in immaculate condition and with an important feature: the presence of an “underline” slightly below the “Super Precision” designation at 6 o’clock.