Vintage Rolex Submariner Cracks $1M Mark at Christie’s NYC Sale
In a genuinely extraordinary new development, this strange and super uncommon Submariner reference 6538 has become the most costly Submariner at any point sold by a reasonable edge the previous evening at the Christie’s Evening of Exceptional Watches deal in New York City. Offered in what one could call unpleasant yet legit condition—a reasonably scratched precious stone, worn however not over-cleaned case, and without its bezel (more on that later)— the uncommon case of a Sub actually had a ton making it work as offering went to and fro, pushing the watch to a last sledge cost of $1,068,500.
Bob’s Watches proprietor Paul Altieri had the option to get his hands on the super uncommon Submariner reference 6538 hours before the sale at Christie’s NYC
There’s now some discussion skimming around about whether we will see this watch return inside the a few years fitted with a new precious stone, and period-right bezel and wristband, anyway theory aside we should dive into the subtleties that prompted this unique case shuddering its way into the record books.
Kicking things off, the age of this ref. 6538 Submariner is the beginnings of its shortage and allure. The 6538 is one of the principal Submariners at any point made, which dispatched in 1955, and this model is dated to simply a year later. Just underway for a very long time, these Subs are rare, to say the least. Then there’s a matter of its Explorer dial—a very uncommon component, however one to be consistent with Rolex’s creation once upon a time. Having taken a gander at the watch, this wayfarer dial is fit as a fiddle given its age, and highlights a couple of other uncommon subtleties that oppose what might be viewed as the standard among these all around uncommon Explorer dial Subs.
The unique proprietor, John Simpson (center), imagined wearing the Submariner
Not just is it a “meters first” dial, where the profundity rating in meters shows up in front of the rating in feet, however it additionally doesn’t really show the actual units, and the content is imprinted in red (presently blurred to a dull burgundy/earthy colored) as opposed to the standard white or overlaid found on by far most of Sub and Explorer dials. This is exactly the sort of uncommon and dark dial setup that authorities and aficionados are continually pursuing, and to discover it in a 1956 Rolex Submariner makes the piece tremendously attractive, paying little mind to the condition of its precious stone and missing bezel.
This Rolex Submariner was claimed and worn pretty much consistently by the first purchaser: John Simpson
The last detail that genuinely poked this watch over the edge is its starting point story. We’re not discussing a superstar association like the “McQueen Submariner” that has been everywhere on the news of late, however rather the basic reality that this was a genuinely new-to-showcase watch that was adored and worn by its proprietor from first buy essentially directly through until he died in 2017.
John Simpson, an Australian sailor turned-globe-trotter whose work took him wherever from the Arctic Circle working with Canadian and US military units, to a spell in Vancouver where he procured the watch and not long after continued to meet his better half. Moving at that point back to Australia and at last stateside, taking up work as a painter. During the ’60s, John popped the bezel off of the Submariner to make it simpler to clean following a day of work, leaving it in an arbitrary cabinet to be lost from that point on. After John’s passing in 2017, his child got the watch, who at that point decided to entrust it with Christie’s after a companion made note of his doubts that it wasn’t only any old Rolex…
Paul Altieri, proprietor of Bob’s Watches, at Christie’s meeting with the proprietor’s child: Fletcher