4 Highlights from Christie’s All-Fake rolex sale Auction

It’s all Fake Rolex Sale, all afternoon. At its May 15 Important Watches Auction, Christie’s will dedicate its entire afternoon session to rolex replica watches. The 116 watches, in 55 different references from the 1930s to the modern day, is the largest assemblage of Rolex timepieces any auction house has ever offered in a single afternoon.

Lot 175: Gold Oyster Perpetual with Honeycomb Star Dial

This 18k gold automatic watch, one of the rolex replica watches from the 1950s, features an attractive “honeycomb” dial with star-shaped, luminous-centered indices. The dial has remained completely untouched over the past 65 years. According to Christies’ researchers, this gold-cased honeycomb-dial version of the Reference 6098 is one of a total of only eight publicly known examples.

Lot 193: Oyster Chronograph with “Tropical” Salmon Dial

This stainless steel model is among the earliest produced of the famous Reference 3525 chronographs. It features the reference and serial number on the outside of the caseback (rather than between the lugs, as in later models). The dial has aged (“tropicalized”) to a uniform salmon-colored tone. Reference 3525, one of Rolex’s first “Oyster” chronograph wristwatches, was produced between 1939 and 1945, and was available in a variety of metals. Italian collectors have nicknamed the reference “monoblocco” referring to the fact that, with the exception of the caseback, the entire case consists of a single block, including the bezel and lugs.

Lot 200: Milgauss with Honeycomb Dial

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss — originally intended for use by scientific professionals — was the first watch able to withstand magnetic fields of up to 1,000 Gauss. The first model, Reference 6543, worked on the principle of the Faraday Cage, a soft iron band bracing the movement, whereas the more modern version, Ref. 6541, uses a soft iron container enveloping the entire movement. This stainless steel watch with sweep-seconds and a black honeycmob dial, is one of the very rare examples of the original Milgauss reference 6543, which was in production for just three years, from 1955 to 1957.

Lot 216: Gold Daytona, “Paul Newman John Player Special”

With its well-preserved dial and patinated 14k gold case, this Cosmograph Daytona, known as the “Paul Newman John Player Special”, or Reference 6241, was manufactured in 1967. Stored away for many years after initially being worn and used, the watch’s fake rolex sale green-and-gold caseback sticker is still intact, an extremely rare occurence. Produced between 1966 and 1969, this reference’s total production amounts to roughly 3,000 pieces, with slightly less than 400 in gold cases. The “John Player Special” reference 6241 is an extremely rare model among the so-called Paul Newman Daytonas, with fewer than 10 examples in gold cases with the classic black “Paul Newman” dial appearing at auction within the last 20 years.