This special watch, a Rolex Stelline, is set to be auction off by the world famous auction house Christies this spring in Geneva. This piece is most definitely the headline piece for the May 13th auction, and it is actually expected to fetch between CHF 1 million and CHF 2 million when it does go to sale! There were only ever 50 of the Stelline made in pink gold by Rolex, and only 10 of these have the star dial as this one does. The Rolex, reference 6062, “Stelline” is a triple calendar model with moonphase and, importantly, the sought after star dial.
The Rolex Stelline Auction
This particular model was first introduced to the world all the way back in 1950, at the Basel Fair, with this reference 6062 being one of only two Rolex watches from the period that featured such a calendar complication, as well as a moon phase display too, making it that bit rarer! The only other model to feature this is the Rolex Padellone, reference 8171. However, the Stelline was housed in the Rolex Oyster case, when the Padellone was not, this offered an increased level of protection to both the movement and the dial from things like moisture and dust, increasing the durability and longevity of this fantastic timepiece. Christies does in fact also have one of these reference 8171’s up for auction too, however this piece is expected to reach somewhere in the region of CHF 250,000 to CHF 450,000, so less than half, possibly a quarter of the 6062.
The event is a 254-lot Rare Watches Auction, where the Rolex Stelline is simply the highlight, much like other auctions we have seen recently, like the Andy Warhole Rolex auction, there are many more high value and high interest pieces on offer. In this case, some of the other most notable lots come from Patek Philippe, with two of their world-class vintage perpetual calendar watches up for grabs too.
The reference 2499 third series from 1977, estimated at CHF 500,000 to CHF 800,000 and the reference 2497 dating from 1954, estimated between CHF 160,000 and CHF 260,000.
In total, the Christie’s Rare Watches Auction expects sales in the region of CHF 12 million from the 254 timepieces in the sale. Estimates range from CHF2,000 up to CHF 1,000,000.