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Birth Year Watch

Ok, I’m gonna come clean. Some of you know and some of you don’t. But I’m a geezer. I’ll just put that out there and you can do your own arithmetic and such while I talk about a birth year watch (yes, MY birth year) that’s coming up for sale a week from Saturday (May 14th, to be exact) at Sotheby’s Important Watches auction in Geneva.

I’ve talked before about the fact that the word ‘important,’ when used in conjunction with watches and watch auctions, is code for ‘expensive,’ and this time is no different.

See, there’s a Rolex ref. 6036 Dato-Compax Jean-Claude Killy chronograph – in yellow gold, no less – going on the block as Lot 104. The thing was spawned in 1955, and it’s bleeping beautiful! Triple calendar with day and month windows, and a chapter ring of blue numerals for the date of the month.

Diamond (as in the suit in a deck of cards) shaped applied hour markers (reportedly, only 70 were made with this marker set). Pump pushers. Oyster (twin-lock crown). And Anti-Magnetic, for crying out loud!

Rolex Hand-wound Calibre 72C

All for the estimated hammer price of $100,000 - $150,000. Like I said. Important. (And remember to add in the buyer’s fee!) At that, it’s a third the price of the birth year Submariner ref. 6200 I saw in Miami last winter.

So honestly… what’s a geek to do?

 

-Ed Estlow

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