First things first: The watch to purchase in the upcoming Phillips Daytona Ultimatum deal is John Goldberger’s white gold 6265. It’s the coolest, most downplayed Rolex on the planet, and since it was revealed in my quality in November 2013 , I have trusted one day I would have the option to buy it. I’m not – opening offers start at $3 million – but I can say this is just about the end game for me. That aside, there are 31 other fabulous and uncommon Daytonas from which to pick, and my old buddy Stephen has given you a once-over of the seven-figure pieces here . My considerations in this story aren’t characterized by cost however, but instead by my own musings on the Daytona and the fate of the collectible watch world.
The 6269 Daytona is a hyper uncommon reference and its worth isn’t driven by a dial alone. The gauge is 400,000 to 800,000 CHF.
This Daytona was given to David Brabham, victor of the Rolex 24 of Le Mans in 2009,, and it includes a gauge of 50,000 to 100,000 CHF.
First, there are some extraordinarily uncommon watches in this deal: the Alpina, the “Neanderthal,” the 6263 with Arabic dial. But these aren’t the watches I would take a gander at on the off chance that I were on the lookout for another old Daytona. These are astoundingly uncommon, almost certainly, yet would they say they are excessively uncommon? What I mean is that so little is thought about these watches, it’s somewhat overwhelming. I not the slightest bit am giving occasion to feel qualms about uncertainty them, in light of the fact that the Phillips group is without a doubt the best in the business – and one should recollect that they have a group of counsels including individuals I trust innately, such as Paul Boutros (as a representative) and John Goldberger and Jason Singer (as consultants) – who favor every deal. Also, as we as a whole know, if Goldberger says it’s acceptable, it’s acceptable. Rather than the hyper-uncommon pieces in Ultimatum however, I’d rather think about the unshakable and undeniably awesome and right watches. For instance, the 6269 and LeMans introduced programmed are two watches that are simply madly cool and exceptional, and the worth isn’t driven exclusively by a dial, just like the case for certain different watches in this sale.
I think the best an open door in the Ultimatum deal is to buy what can be portrayed as thoroughly right, a-list instances of exceptionally uncommon, however not hyper-uncommon extraordinary Daytonas. What I mean here is that Aurel Bacs and Co. picked only 32 looks for this deal, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they really turned down many Daytonas to wind up with these pieces. I know this since I know individuals who thought they had the world’s best illustration of a specific Daytona, just to be told by Phillips they previously had one a piece cleaner or somewhat better. I’ve gotten the opportunity to take a gander at these watches in the metal, and some are incredible, while others are awesome. The pieces I’ve picked beneath are simply my very own picks from the 32 parcels – they mirror my own preferences, which are truly beautiful geeky, in any event, with regards to the Daytona – so take it or leave it.
An Early Reference 6239 Double-Swiss Underline In Great Shape (Lot 23)
Call me essential, yet I’m nothing if not steady (indeed, I was wearing overly delicate sweaters in secondary school) and I’ve been praising the ideals of early Daytonas for in any event a large portion of 10 years. I composed this gander at the main arrangement Daytona in June 2013 when I was close behind of my own model , and my adoration for these early Double-Swiss 6239s hasn’t kicked the bucket. All things considered, I’ve been discussing these since 2009 ! These watches, which were at the time named “LeMans,” address the genuine beginnings of the Daytona. What’s more, they have innumerable uncommon attributes that separate them even from the watches that were made only one year later in 1964. The hour and moment hands are long and slim, the bezel is set apart to 300 with a 275 hash, and obviously the dial is marked “Swiss” twice. This watch is an “underline” illustration of the twofold Swiss 6239, which puts it effectively in the 923xxx sequential reach. In total honesty, I really sold my dark twofold Swiss underline 6239 some time back and now incline toward the prior models sans-underline , however I’m a weirdo. This watch is a full-spec model fit as a fiddle, and you only sometimes see these early Daytonas with full lume plots.
Sales for these are everywhere, from the low $70k territory for frail guides to the mid $100k territory for the solid models. Obviously, Phillips sold a white dial with tropical sub-registers in 2016 for CHF 310,000 . Where do I figure this one should go? Taking into account how exceptional and significant – and well-informed and archived – these are, this is one worth paying for. More here .
A Completely Normal But Mint 6263 'Big Red' With Full Set (Lot 22)
I’ve claimed a lot of Daytonas in my watch gathering vocation, yet one I’ve quite recently never been attracted to is the “Huge Red.” It’s kinda the go-to 6263, and by and large, it doesn’t do that much for me in light of that reality. Yet, when you come across a 6263 in this kind of condition with an appropriate full set, it’s difficult to ignore. Further, this watch falls into precisely the depiction of what I think offers the best an open door in Daytona Ultimatum – you realize you’re getting a top notch illustration of a completely perceived emphasis of the Daytona. This is a later creation Big Red, so with it you’ll locate the later MK3 pushers (of which I’m not an enormous fan, but rather they are absolutely right here), and you have a full set with Rolex guarantee and deals tag with coordinating chronic number. You even still have the sticker on the caseback, and the state of the watch is simply standard excellence. I’m generally disparaging of vendors who utilize the expression “New Old Stock” too generously, yet for this situation, in view of what I can advise, it may really be the situation. In any case, you should investigate yourself and make your own call.
What’s more, the 6263 is moving in an incentive as quick as any watch on the planet, with full-set models presently exchanging north of $100,000. This is out and out crazy considering they were selling during the 30s and 40s inside the last four to five years, yet that is the way things are. I have no clue about what this one will go for, however whoever purchases its will have the advantage of realizing they have one of the genuinely best Big Reds on the planet. More here .
A Full-Spec Reference 6240 Daytona Just As It Should Be (Lot 11)
The 6240 is kinda a definitive screw-down Daytona, at any rate to me. They feel much the same as the twofold Swiss underlines, since they began a totally new class (here, the Oyster Daytona) and have such countless qualities that simply aren’t found somewhere else. Goodness, and did I notice they are rare? Like, madly uncommon. Particularly fit as a fiddle. This model is among the most perfect I’ve seen, and it addresses everything a 6240 ought to be. To start with, the case is too full and legit, the dial has all its lume plots – something you basically never see on a 6240 – you have the slim running seconds hand at nine o’clock, and the dial is a “Little Daytona” that, as far as I might be concerned, is the most right 6240 dial. The hands are right, similar to the bezel, the crown is a too early Oyster crown, and man take a gander at those pushers! The 6240 is about the pushers, and here you have the hyper-uncommon and right metal MK0, or millerighe pushers, fit as a fiddle. Pushers like this, all alone, are presumably worth $15,000 or more now, since no one who might mind enough to understand what a 6240 is would get one without them. At last, this watch comes with a dated, right wristband with 71 end-joins, precisely what you’d expect on an arm band conceived for a Daytona. This, my companions, is a genuine expert’s Daytona. More here .
A Gold, Porcelain Dial Reference 16528 With Full Set (Lot 9)
While I’m not super into programmed Daytonas as collectibles (as day by day wears, you realize I love them), I do cherish a decent gold Daytona. Furthermore, there are some crazy models in this deal – this 6239 PN has probably the most pleasant dial I’ve found in an extended period of time , and if this one had chomped more sensible a gauge, I’d be a bidder – but the watch that the traditionalist gatherer in me enjoys is part number nine.
Yes, that is a gold reference 16528, and what’s flawless about these early watches is that the dials were made of porcelain. The “Cosmograph” is coasting, the watch includes an early bezel graduated to 200, and this watch holds all its unique pieces, including ensure and caseback sticker, demonstrating it was sold in Gstaad. Since what other place would a gold Daytona be sold in 1988?
You can check the gold 16528 as one I wish I would’ve purchased years prior, when they were in the $20k territory, yet this one has a gauge of CHF 50,000 – 100,000. That actually feels solid for a self-twisting Daytona from the 80s, yet this model is one to consider if this is your thing. More here .
You can see the full Daytona Ultimatum index here and stay tuned for the actual deal this Saturday, May 12, 2018 in Geneva.