Sotheby’s is working with Bob’s Watches to offer 13 Rolex Daytonas for auction in a sale running from May 24-30.
California-based Bob’s Watches has one of the world’s largest selections of pre-owned Rolex timepieces, and sells them after a full inspection, restoration and authentication process by qualified watchmakers.
The Sotheby’s auction is timed to coincide with this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, the most iconic and famous race of the Formula 1 season.
Rolex’s Cosmograph Daytona is synonymous with motor racing, and is named after the Daytona track in the United States.
Its soaring popularity went into overdrive when a Paul Newman Daytona once owned by the movie star and racing obsessive sold for $17.8 million in 2017.
Sotheby’s and Bob’s Watches have curated a compact capsule collection of 13 watches including an early 1937 ‘pre-Daytona’ reference 4500, considered to be the first Oyster Chronograph in existence, to the highly coveted Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reference 116500 which caused sensation on its release in 2016.
“This sale chronicles the major milestones of the Daytona’s innovative history, showcasing the variety of dials, movements and materials which makes these wristwatches so desirable,” Sotheby’s says.
Bidding will be open exclusively online from 24–30 May.
Key watches in the sale, described by Sotheby’s, are: