The inaugural AAA Swiss replica Rolex watches auctions held by Phillips, in Association with Bacs & Russo, on May 9 and 10, 2015 realised a combined total of $31,834,734, selling 97% by lot. The auctions sold four watches for over $1 million and established multiple records including for any stainless steel wristwatch, for any Rolex sold at auction, and for any Rolex Day-Date. The top lot was an extremely rare Patek Philippe single button doctor’s chronograph in stainless steel with a superbly aged off-white silvered dial, highlighted by a pulsations scale and a sector design. At the auction on May 10, after 21 minutes of bidding between x clients from 4 continents, it eventually sold to an anonymous bidder on the telephone for $4,987,383, and setting a new record price for any stainless steel wristwatch sold at auction. One of only two examples of this model, both of which were made for a retailer in South America, the other is a highlight of the Patek Philippe Museum.
The auction on May 9 was dedicated to Rolex’s most prestigious model and offered 60 of the rarest examples, including unique models and Replica Rolex Datejust Watches UK with royal provenance. In a packed saleroom of over 300 people, every lot sold for a total of $6,634,800. The highest price was paid for ‘Big Kahuna’, one of only two known 6612 references made in platinum. It smashed the world record price for any Rolex Day-Date sold at auction. Multiple records were established for individual references and models.
The auction on May 10 was dedicated to watches of the highest quality, including exceptionally rare examples and timepieces with fascinating provenance. The auction realised a total of $25,199,934, selling 96% by lot. The highest price was paid for the exceptionally rare 1927 Patek Philippe single button chronograph which realised $4,987,383, setting a new record price for a stainless steel wrist Rolex replica watches sold at auction. Further highlights included a highly important and very rare Patek Philippe pink gold perpetual calendar chronograph with pink dial, moon phases and heavy Gay Frères bracelet from 1948 which sold for $1,551,511; the most renowned of four existing examples of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ‘Albino’ which was formerly a highlight in the personal collection of Eric Clapton, and which sold for $1,422,666 – a record for any Rolex sold at auction; and an exceptionally rare Rolex reference 6062 models featuring a triple calendar with phases of the moon which realized $1,074,784.