During Phillips’s latest Watch Auction, a 1957 Rolex “James Bond” Submariner Ref. 6538 sold for $567,000. This iconic watch was worn by Sean Connery in the three James Bond movies where he played the lead role.
The watch is seen in movies of the well-beloved agent’s franchise (specifically in “Dr. No”, “From Russia with Love”, and “Goldfinger” all three with actor Sean Connery in the leading role) was the top lot of the auction. This item still has a lot of value in the market, considering that during this year Christie’s this same watch model for over $1 million.
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The watch sold on auction, however, is considered to be one of the best preserved early examples of this model considering that it was launched after the 1955 original model. It still continues to be one of the most sought out watches not only due to the movies’ impact but also due to the time the model was in production: four years.
It has a black lacquer “Swiss”-signed dial, an 8mm crown, and any lack of crown guards, a look that makes this product very distinct from several other brands. The “Submarines” have been gaining the market’s interest, competing with Rolex Daytona models when it comes to being the hottest product at an auction.
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Another triumph Phillips managed to obtain when it came to auctions in this same year was the selling of Elvis Presley’s Omega for $1.8 million. In the case of this recent one, it obtained a raking in $11.5 million.