It’s finally October, and you know what that means: fall foliage, sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and auction catalogues. We’ve all been hotly anticipating this season’s auctions – partly because the you-know-what is coming up for auction, but also because it’s always nice to peruse the crisp pages of a freshly printed catalogue, and see what’s up. Some seasons are more exciting than others, and this fall’s selection has definitely exceeded expectations. Here are two examples of Rolex watches that I had literally never heard of before coming across them this week. They don’t look like anything else out there – but the stories check out, or so we think.
The Only Two-Tone Rolex Daytona Reference 6265/3, Maybe Ever
First up, we have the Phillips Watch Auction, Winning Icons, onThursday, October 26th. This is the first Phillips watch auction to take place in New York, and the central lot is, you guessed it, Paul Newman’s Paul Newman. But there are 49 other lots left to chase – all special in their own way, but one that really sticks out is a two-tone Rolex Daytona Reference 6265/3, because who knew that was a thing?
His wish was granted, and here it is: a possibly unique two-tone 6265/3 with box, papers, service papers, and service sticker on the caseback. The 6265 was produced from 1971 to 1988, in yellow gold or stainless steel (with a couple of wild cards in between). It’s known for its steel or gold bezel, and for having screw-down pushers. The 6265 also has been known to feature the Rolex replica daytona series Paul Newman dial, though most of those have been put in 6263 cases at this point. Ellen owns a gold non-PN 6265 and we have seen a couple on Talking Watches with Morgan King and John Goldberger. Goldberger’s is in white gold with a crazy-cool bracelet. Oh, and did I mention that it’s a piece unique? This two-tone is essentially a follow up to that, and the fact that this even exists in two-tone is insane (you get the picture). The estimate is $100,000-200,000 and you can read the full listing here.