The Rolex Connoisseur Collection

16 April 2024

Welcome to the world of extraordinary vintage watches with the Rolex Connoisseur Collection, featured in the upcoming Exclusive Timepieces sale. This collection comprises some of the most special, iconic, and important Rolex watches to ever appear at auction. Each watch represents a unique opportunity to acquire a piece from what is arguably the most significant collection of special Rolex watches on the planet. For collectors and enthusiasts of Hans Wilsdorf’s creations, this event is not merely an auction; it's a chance to own a piece of horological history.

Lot 35 - This 1952 triple calendar reference 6062 in yellow gold, is a horological masterpiece and is one of the few Rolex models to feature the captivating moon phase complication.  Its unique "Pyramid" indexes dial has a light and even tobacco patina dial and remains exactly as it was presented in the Mondani book almost two decades ago. This piece is a once-in-a-lifetime acquisition for discerning collectors.

Lot 113 - The Milgauss Reference 6541 stands as a testament to Rolex's innovative spirit, designed for professionals in high electromagnetic fields. The thunderbolt hand and honeycomb dial mark it as a cult favourite amongst aficionados. Preserved in remarkable condition with a bidirectional revolving bezel, this Milgauss is unparalleled in terms of both quality and rarity, making it a superb addition to any sports watch collection.

Lot 140 - Own a piece of history with this 1955 GMT-Master Reference 6542, formerly belonging to Gonzalo Güell, Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister of Cuba. Featuring the iconic two-tone red and blue bakelite bezel and rare "Red Writing" depth dial, this timepiece is among the most prized and best-preserved examples of Rolex’s GMT-Master series in existence.

Lot 206 - The 1960 triple calendar with moon phases reference 8171, known as the "Padellone”, is one of the most keenly sought after watches by Rolex. This yellow gold example comes complete with original box, papers, and booklets, and boasts a stunning argenté dial. Its preserved condition and rare features make it a highlight of the Rolex Connoisseurs Collection.

Lot 199 - Discover the rare and glamorous “Centregraph” single-button fly-back chronograph reference 3346 in steel, is an important chapter in the history of the Oyster-cased chronograph.  Published in John Goldberger's “100 Superlative Rolex Watches,” this 1941 masterpiece is one of the rarest Rolex timepieces and remains in exquisite condition.

Lot 278 - Presented here is one of the rarest Datejust “Ovettone” reference 6304 in platinum, to ever exist. Retailed by Serpico y Laino, its special matte dark grey dial features applied diamond indexes. Unique to this piece is the original platinum buckle, indicating that it was sold with a leather strap, differentiating it from the typical bracelet model, further enhancing its uniqueness and desirability among collectors.

Monaco Legend Group invites potential bidders to an exclusive preview of these extraordinary timepieces from the Rolex Connoisseur Collection, among other remarkable lots. Join us at Le Meridien Beach Plaza hotel in Monaco on the 18th, 19th, and morning of the 20th of April. The Exclusive Timepieces auction, promises an unforgettable experience for connoisseurs of fine watchmaking, taking place on the 20th and 21st April 2024 at Le Meridien Beach Plaza hotel in Monte Carlo.

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