With Rolexes breaking records in nearly every auction during the past four years, Christie’s May 15 sale in Geneva will be rich with surprises: the afternoon session is a Rolex-only affair, and its 116 lots cover a staggering 55 different references. They span the 1930s to the 2010s and include a number of ultra-rare pieces.
Christie’s claims it to be the “largest gathering of Rolex timepieces any auction house has ever offered in one single afternoon,” which suggests they’ve lost their copies of the catalogues for Antiquorum’s legendary events of 1 April and 13 May, 2006 in Geneva and 17 April 2008 in New York. The first was the astounding Mondani collection, over two sessions with 152 and 156 lots respectively. The second sale was called (coincidentally) “Revolution – the Evolution of the Rolex Sport Watch.” It featured 111 lots in the morning and 158 in the afternoon.
Also in Christie’s own past: On 30 September 1997, the house offered the Ravenborg Collection of Rolexes – 180 lots in the morning and another 181 in the afternoon.