One of the world’s most desirable watches goes to auction

… alongside timepieces by Rolex, Heuer and Jaeger-LeCoultre that are sure to set collectors’ pulses racing

Rolex Oyster Sotto with black and white Paul Newman dial, estimate £300,000 to £400,000
Rolex Oyster Sotto with black and white Paul Newman dial, estimate £300,000 to £400,000

One of the most desirable watches in the world is coming to auction at Bonhams London on June 20: a Rolex Oyster Sotto that’s had just one faithful owner for the past half century. Distinguished by its black and white Paul Newman dial – named after the iconic actor when he was pictured wearing such a Rolex in an Italian magazine shoot – it should fetch a cool £300,000 to £400,000.

Rolex Cosmograph “Big” Daytona, estimate £30,000 to £40,000
Rolex Cosmograph “Big” Daytona, estimate £30,000 to £40,000
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Other highlights of the sale include a rare 1970s Rolex Daytona Desert Eagle (£150,000 to £200,000) in its original condition. Originally commissioned by the United Arab Emirates as a gift for high-ranking dignitaries, these watches have an eye-catching, stainless-steel dial decorated with a Hawk of Quraysh, the UAE coat of arms. They were only made in small numbers and are highly sought-after by keen horologists.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, black face estimate £6,000 to £8,000, and white face, estimate £5,000 to £7,000
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, black face estimate £6,000 to £8,000, and white face, estimate £5,000 to £7,000
Heuer “Skipperera”, estimate £20,000 to £30,000
Heuer “Skipperera”, estimate £20,000 to £30,000

There will also be a unique private collection of Heuer watches on offer, which Bonhams says includes some of the finest examples ever to come under the hammer. They share a stylish, individual look: the 1970 Skipperara model (£20,000 to £30,000), for instance, has a colourful blue, green and coral enamel dial, while a 1974 Monaco Dark Lord (£20,000 to £30,000) has a distinctive all-black finish and square case that’s worthy of any Bond villain.

Jaeger LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon, estimate £80,000 to £120,000
Jaeger LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon, estimate £80,000 to £120,000
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