Exclusive Timepieces 21 –⁠ 22 October 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The timepieces that we are offering at this auction are coming from all over the world and from some of the most prominent collections.
An incredibly impressive selection of truly rare Rolex Daytonas. A stunning and rare Cartier watch. A Patek Philippe in platinum from the 1920s, coming to auction for the first time, the John Goldberger Calatrava, which is one of the most sought-after reference 530s, to name but a few.

Session I: Saturday 21 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 108
Session II: Sunday 22 October, 10:30 AM – lots 109 to 172
Session III: Sunday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 173 to 281

136 Rolex Historically Important and Remarkable, Precision Explorer, Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, With Black Dial, Reference 6150

Estimate: € 10,000 –⁠ 20,000

Sold € 19,500

Model: Explorer
Reference: 6150
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Year: 1953
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: A296
Case N°: 931 012
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case

Rolex was the first watch manufacturer to produce waterproof wristwatches in larger series. Following their earliest cushion-shaped designs, the “Bubble Back” generation was the main model for over a decade before it was replaced by larger, more modern Oyster case designs, amongst collectors affectionately called “Ovettone”. The Rolex Explorer ref. 6150, together with the contemporary 6098, is one of the first models conceived for professional use, built on the basis of the Ovettoni of the period. Introduced in 1953 after the successful ascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay, the reference 6150 was the first model to bear the legendary “Explorer” name. It was also the first one to feature a black dial with strong luminous Arabic and baton numerals — today immediately recognizable as the Explorer dial design. The reference 6150 is one of the rarest and earliest examples of the “Explorer” model and thus very coveted among collectors. The example here offered is a truly nice specimen of this reference: manufactured in stainless steel and very well preserved is also equipped with a charming and sporty oyster riveted bracelet. The highly legible black dial presents its 3-6-9-12 numerals and very unusual “self-winding” indication exactly below the designation Explorer. Equipped with a glossy lacquer dial with gilt graphics and chapter ring, the surface has also developed a thin layer of patina, really giving the watch a lot of character.