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Rolex watches are the cream of the vintage wristwatch market and therefore, alongside Patek Philippe, tend to make the highest prices. Over the years a host of famous people have worn them and this adds to the value.

One of the attractions is that many Rolexes were made for specific purposes, such as the Submariner intended for divers, or sport versions, and as such they are tough and practical. They also have plenty of details that vary widely even for the same model, giving particular appeal to collectors.


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Hidden depths to the market for military diving watches

22 July 2019

A cache of military diving watches sold in Hampshire and a £125,000 Daytona spotlight the thriving market for vintage mechanical ‘tool’ watches.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

27 May 2019

The Watch Sale at Fellows in Birmingham on June 18 includes arare Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Daytona chronograph with ‘reverse panda’ white on black dial.

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Rolex ‘Big Red’ Daytona makes huge return for vendor at Cardiff auction

15 April 2019

The ‘Big Red’ Daytona reference 6265 is one of the most desirable Rolex chronographs from the 1980s.

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Pick of the week: The time to take a stand with vintage Rolex accessories

25 March 2019

Surprise bid highlights demand for vintage Rolex accessories at auction.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

08 October 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Bankrupt drug dealer’s art collection offered at auction

06 September 2018

The collection of antiques and artworks seized by the police from a bankrupt drug dealer is being offered at John Pye Auctions.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

20 August 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Original 1960s Rolex Submariner watch clocks up £80,000 at auction

24 May 2018

A rare and original 1960s Rolex Submariner watch, bought new from a jewellery shop in Doncaster for £69 in 1966, sold in a Wiltshire auction for £80,000.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

14 May 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Rolex made famous by Steve McQueen makes house record hammer price at Dudley saleroom Aston's

01 March 2018

A Rolex of the model made famous after being worn by King of Cool Steve McQueen has set a house record at West Midlands saleroom Aston’s Auctioneers.

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War booty is one to watch in sale

05 February 2018

Among the most desirable of all Second World War wristwatches – a strong suit in this currently hot collecting arena – is the Panerai 3646. This distinctive model was initially intended for the Royal Italian Navy but was also used by German submariners or Kampfschwimmer.

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Fellows sets house record for watch with £110,000 Rolex – view sale video

29 November 2017

Fellows Auctioneers has set a new house record for a price achieved by a watch with the sale of a vintage Rolex.

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The name’s Submariner – Rolex Submariner

20 November 2017

The first Rolex Submariner was introduced to the public in 1954 at the Basel Watch Fair but it was Ian Fleming’s fictional spy, James Bond, who in 1962 transformed a reliable and rugged dive watch to a status symbol embodying suave masculinity and a sense of adventure.

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Reward offered for information to help solve burglary involving antiques stolen from south Gloucestershire home

06 November 2017

Police are appealing for information and offering a reward after antiques were seized by masked raiders in a robbery near Bristol.

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Paul Newman Rolex sets auction record of $15.5m at Phillips New York

27 October 2017

A Rolex once owned by actor Paul Newman has set an auction record of $15.5m (£11.85m) at Phillips' inaugural watch auction in New York.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner at Lockdales auction

Rolex watch attracts 100 bidders and sells for £230,000 at Suffolk auction

13 October 2017

The market for vintage ‘tool’ watches continues to burn hot. Lockdales in Martlesham Heath, near Ipswich set a new house record this week when a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner sold at £230,000 (plus premium).

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Bakelite watch survives ravages of time

12 June 2017

In 1953 Pan Am Airlines approached Rolex with a request for a watch that could show the time simultaneously in two different time zones.

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Rare Rolex Submariner wristwatch takes £135,000 at Bath auction

12 June 2017

For the serious collector of vintage Rolex Submariner wristwatches, the devil is in the dial detail. Dial variations found in this watch model were produced in low numbers and are therefore highly sought after.

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Rolex record set at Phillips auction for Vietnamese Emperor's watch

15 May 2017

A new record has been set for a rare Rolex watch once owned by the last Emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai.

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Rare Rolex takes £140,000 at auction

02 November 2016

A Rolex watch that was bought in 1966 for £69.10 has sold at auction for £140,000. The rare Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner stainless steel model is highly desired by collectors due to its 3-6-9 Explorer dial.