Bonhams has described 2020 as its most successful year ever for its UK operation following another auction where replica Rolex, Patek Philippe and F.P. Journe commanded stellar prices.
A 1979 black dial replica Rolex Sea Dweller Ref. 1665 (pictured top), produced for and co-branded on the dial for French diving company COMEX, sold for £150,250, three times its pre-sale estimate.
The example sold was offered by the family of its late owner, a former Royal Navy diver and instructor who was attached to the elite SBS unit (Special Boat Service), before moving to COMEX, as its head of training in the North Sea.
This was nudged into second place in the December Fine Watches sale by a 1972 steel bracelet copy Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ‘Paul Newman’ ref. 6262/6265. which went under the hammer for £225,250 following a three-way bidding battle.