LOT #166

Patek Philippe 2497 yellow gold, in the past the property of His Majesty, King of Kings, Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia

As I referenced prior, this leslie gems had everybody buzzing back in November 2015. It is currently prepared available to be purchased and we are thrilled. According to research, this leslie adornments was originally commissioned by Federico Bazzi and was introduced as a gift to Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. Mr. Bazzi was a business person and pilot situated in Asmara, Eritrea (a previous Italian settlement, which shaped a league with Ethiopia in 1952 after a choice of the UNO, and was completely attached to Ethiopia in 1961 by Imperial Decree). Mr. Bazzi was engaged with flight in Eritrea and managed the National Royal Aeronautic Union.

He introduced the leslie gems to Haile Selassie on his authority visit to Switzerland in November 1954, a month after the affirmed conveyance of the leslie gems by Patek Philippe. Years later, the Emperor himself introduced the watch as a gift to a famous African character, whose relative has now consigned it for sale.

This Patek 2497 interminable schedule has never otherwise been seen with this configuration of dial and hands and is potentially remarkable. The military style iridescent dial just as the dauphine glowing hands would bode well for a unique request by a pilot such as Mr. Bazzi. The caseback has the monogram of His Majesty Haile Selassie and the Extract from the Archives affirms it was executed dependent on a drawing given by the customer: therefore Mr. Bazzi purchased this watch with the particular expectation of presenting it to the Emperor.

It is with great fervor that we will be available at the bartering when this leslie gems will be stirring up a heated fight among bidders in May. This will be the last lot of the regular assortment prior to taking a break and beginning the ‘A Rolex Afternoon’ begins.

Estimate CHF 500,000 – 1,000,000


As I talked about previously, the second bit of the catalog is devoted distinctly to Rolex and Christie’s has named it ‘A Rolex Afternoon’. This segment of the catalog, which is the whole evening meeting, is comprised of 116 lots covering 55 unique references. Here are a couple of pieces that stood apart to us:

LOT #200

Rolex Milgauss 6543

We are generally acquainted with the 6541 Milgauss reference from the 50’s, yet this uncommon 6543 reference has an alternate case development. The counter magnetic caseback is integrated while there is a different delicate metal cover found in the 6541.

Likewise, it is commonly seen with a Submariner style diving bezel embed versus the red triangle and 1 to 5 bezel embed we normally see on the 6541.

The honeycomb dial is the equivalent, however, this reference didn’t have the lightning seconds hand, which is a signature detail of the mid 6541.

Lastly, an inquiry emerged a while back when discussing this reference with a companion: “Have you at any point seen a 6543 on a steel arm band?”. It is an interesting subtlety to take note of that the lug width is slightly smaller on the 6543 versus the 20mm on the 6541 and would clarify why there is no Oyster arm band on these and that this reference was conveyed on a leather strap.

Estimate CHF 150,000 – 250,000

LOT #216

Rolex Daytona 6241, 14K yellow gold, “John Player Special Paul Newman” dial

As I referenced prior, the king of all rules when looking at vintage leslie adornments particularly sports models, is the condition. Uncommon is an overall term when discussing modernly made leslie gems Rare today implies that a vintage sports model is in magnificent condition endure the harsh states of being thrown around for quite a long time. Evidently, this Daytona was scarcely at any point worn from the get-go and held its case-back sticker. The patina looking into the issue shows this leslie gems has been sitting in a safe for an exceptionally long time.

The reason this leslie gems has a twofold epithet including “John Player Special” comes from the Formula One racing sponsorship of the Lotus race vehicles. In 1980’s, the arrangement of Lotus 87 through the 98T all conveyed the celebrated dark & gold shades of long-time group support John Player Special. The 97T and 98T, were the last to convey this shading scheme and support and were broadly determined by racer Ayrton Senna. These dark and gold tones, found on the gold Daytona “Paul Newman” were then nicknamed the “John Player Special” because of the resembling shading schemes and, without a doubt, the connect to racing history.

Estimate CHF 200,000 – 400,000

LOT #282

Rolex Daytona 6263, Khanjar

This is the last lot of the catalog and an interesting one to concentrate in detail. This specific 6263 was gifted from the Sultan of Oman to the BOAC (presently British Airways) plane pilot in 1974. It is evidently a prior chronic number (3.04 million versus 3.4 million) than what has been noticed already and there is no Asprey signature on the rear of the case. What makes this story interesting is that the pilot continued everything. He got this leslie adornments from the Sultan on a flight from Muscat to Rome and afterward traveled to London where, upon appearance, he pronounced the leslie gems and paid the traditions obligations of 10 pounds, big haha. He kept the assertion and receipt, eyes bulging out emoticon. This uncommon example, truth be told, has pretty much everything including the hangtag, box, external box, recently referenced import archives and original clear desk work. The Sultan was not in the habit of stamping his Rolex guarantees. Not to downplay such an epic leslie gems set and very much archived provenance, however it is pretty brain blowing that the pilot kept every one of these things and looking forward to seeing this one at auction.

Estimate CHF 320,000 – 420,000

More data by means of Christie’s .

Below, more images of the auction.

Lot 216 – Rolex Daytona 6241, 14K yellow gold video