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Rolex breaks the magic million dollar mark at Christie’s auction

by Michael Weare
28 May, 2011
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Rolex Ref 4113

For the first time, Rolex has broken through the magic US$1 million mark at Christie’s Geneva auction held at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues where an oversized stainless steel split seconds chronograph wristwatch manufactured in 1942 has sold for $1,163,340 including the buyer’s premium.

This is the all-time highest price ever paid for any Rolex at auction and, on top of the news that jewellers Tiffany & Co. have announced a 25% increase in profits for the first quarter of 2011, is a sure sign that luxury goods sales are resurgent once more.

Rolex Ref 4113 Chronographe Antimagnetique

The record breaking Rolex is a reference 4113 signed Rolex, Chronographe, Antimagnetique. The movement is a Valjoux calibre 55 VBR, a 17 2/3”’ nickel-finished lever movement with 17 jewels.

The dial is silvered matte with applied pink gold Arabic and baton numerals, outer minute divisions, blue telemeter and black tachymeter scales, and two subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register. The round case measures a highly unusual 44mm.

The case has fluted lugs and a snap-on back. The split seconds chronograph mechanism is operated through two rectangular chronograph buttons in the case band and one round chronograph button in the crown. The case, dial and movement are signed.

In total the auction brought in $26.3 million, up 25% compared with last year’s Geneva sale.

Patek Philippe achieves world record for simple chronograph

Patek Philippe 18k white gold single button chronograph

The top watch of the night was a unique 18k white gold cushion-shaped single button chronograph wristwatch manufactured in 1928 by Patek Philippe which sold for more than $3.6 million against a pre-sale high estimate of $2.8 million. Again, this piece set a new world auction record for any simple chronograph watch.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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