Every May and November, the world’s auction houses set up shop in Geneva, Switzerland, for some epic watch sales. And as one might expect, these multimillion-dollar events draw watch fans and super-rich dudes alike (both with lots of money to burn), all looking to add to their collections of extremely expensive Rolexes and Patek Philippes.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Paul Newman Oyster Sotto”
Estimate: CHF 750,000–1,500,000 ($772,712–$1,545,428)
There are only 20 Rolex Paul Newman Daytonas in the world with the Sotto configuration, in which the word Cosmograph appears above the word Oyster. But this model also has an ultra-rare “tropical brown” dial.
“The collecting community has given that term to watches whose dials have aged from black to brown,” Boutros said. “And the more uniform the aging is, the more desirable.”