I magine two of the greatest Cheap Rolex Replica dealers and experts in the United States, Andrew Shear and Eric Ku, being asked by a room full of collectors “If you could only own one Rolex, what would it be?” and them both answering the same thing. This actually happened, and I was there for it. Their joint response was not some gilt exclamation mark underline Submariner, or some super-duper rare Oyster Paul Newman, but rather, a small 36mm yellow gold watch that in fact has the same case as as your average Datejust. But that’s where the similarities end between the apple of both these experts’ eyes and a typical Rolex.
The so-called “Bao Dai” reference 6062 is something of a legend. It’s a yellow gold triple calendar Rolex Replica Watches, the rare reference 6062. But it has a black dial. And a few diamond indices. But it’s the name by which it’s known to collectors that gives away the amazing provenance that makes this watch unique: it was once owned by Bao Dai, the final emperor of Vietnam, and it’s a legend amongst Rolex enthusiasts.
In fact, it might very well be the most legendary Rolex, period. As we told you last month, Phillips and Aurel Bacs have received it on consignment for the Cheap Rolex next month. When the “Bao Dai” Rolex 6062 was first announced, much of the attention was focused on its estimate, a very sobering “in excess of $1.5 million.” There is indeed a chance that this special reference 6062 will again become the most expensive Rolex ever sold at auction. To do so, it would need to break the $2.5 million result achieved by a split-seconds chronograph reference 4113, one year ago.
Record-setting discussion aside, the watch deserves a good look for what it is: an exceptional vintage Rolex with an extraordinary story, and this is exactly what we had a chance to do when we saw the watch in New York last week. But first, a little history.
The first and most important rule of collecting vintage watches is of course that condition is king. The Cheap Rolex Replica best scenario is that a watch is in original condition in every respect, and that it has aged gracefully. This is exactly why a clean but redone dial would be much less desirable than a dial with uniform aging. This principle applies across the entire price range of collectible watches, and for many collectors top notch condition is trumped only by outstanding rarity or provenance. Fortunately, the “Bao Dai” offers all three at once, which is the reason for its breathtaking valuation.
When you first hold the “Bao Dai,” you cannot fail to be impressed by its dial, and not solely because it’s the only known example of a black 6062 dial with diamond indexes placed at even hours. There are simply no noticeable imperfections, and the black glossy finish is still intact. However, it does not mean that the watch is mint, unworn, or new old stock. On the contrary, the case shows that it was worn regularly, something attested to by the Rolex Replica Watches Bao Dai’s own entourage, so you can easily imagine this watch being spotted at Cannes on the French Riviera (a favorite spot of the Emperor) throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
Now we just need to wait until the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction Five, to see how well the incredible lot 93 will do. Potential record aside, there is one thing for sure: I will dearly remember the few minutes that this Cheap Rolex unique 6062 spent on my wrist, when I felt like an Emperor partying in his glamorous villa in Cannes some 50 years ago – a young French Jay Gatsby if you will.