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Rolex watches are the cream of the vintage wristwatch market and therefore, alongside Patek Philippe, tend to make the highest prices. Over the years a host of famous people have worn them and this adds to the value.

One of the attractions is that many Rolexes were made for specific purposes, such as the Submariner intended for divers, or sport versions, and as such they are tough and practical. They also have plenty of details that vary widely even for the same model, giving particular appeal to collectors.


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Deep pockets required for rare Submariner

26 October 2020

A Rolex Submariner 5512, bought for around £70 by its original owner in 1964, has sold for £175,000 at auction in Wiltshire.

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Watch tested to not quite destruction

14 September 2020

The Rolex GMT-Master, originally designed in collaboration with Pan American Airways and issued by the airline to their crews on long-haul flights, was made as an aviator watch.

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Rolex Milsub brings house record in Birmingham

31 August 2020

A rare Rolex ‘Milsub’ – an enhanced version of the brand’s classic diving watch the Submariner – set a new record for a watch at Fellows last week with a hammer price of £140,000 (£165,200 including premium).

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Rare Rolex Submariner watch sets house record for auction house Fellows

24 August 2020

After a five minute bidding battle a rare Rolex Military Submariner watch was hammered down at £140,000 (£165,200 including premium) at Fellows Auctioneers in Birmingham.

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Market for iconic Rolex 'tool' watches turns tropical

15 June 2020

The market for vintage mechanical wristwatches, which began in earnest in Europe in the 1990s, is not yet fully 30 years old but is maturing rapidly.

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Rolex displays make the perfect accessory

15 June 2020

From the 1950s-70s, the Rolex produced a range of memorabilia given only to dealers to promote the brand. A vibrant market has grown in the past decade that has broadened the world of watch collectors beyond horology.

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Rolex Submariner leads selection of watches that tick the boxes

13 April 2020

Since its launch in 1953 there have been well over a dozen distinct references of the Rolex Submariner, with all sorts of minutiae adding up to several hundred different variants.

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Hidden depths to the market for military diving watches

22 July 2019

A cache of military diving watches sold in Hampshire and a £125,000 Daytona spotlight the thriving market for vintage mechanical ‘tool’ watches.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

27 May 2019

The Watch Sale at Fellows in Birmingham on June 18 includes arare Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Daytona chronograph with ‘reverse panda’ white on black dial.

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Rolex ‘Big Red’ Daytona makes huge return for vendor at Cardiff auction

15 April 2019

The ‘Big Red’ Daytona reference 6265 is one of the most desirable Rolex chronographs from the 1980s.

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Pick of the week: The time to take a stand with vintage Rolex accessories

25 March 2019

Surprise bid highlights demand for vintage Rolex accessories at auction.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

08 October 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Bankrupt drug dealer’s art collection offered at auction

06 September 2018

The collection of antiques and artworks seized by the police from a bankrupt drug dealer is being offered at John Pye Auctions.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

20 August 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Original 1960s Rolex Submariner watch clocks up £80,000 at auction

24 May 2018

A rare and original 1960s Rolex Submariner watch, bought new from a jewellery shop in Doncaster for £69 in 1966, sold in a Wiltshire auction for £80,000.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

14 May 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Rolex made famous by Steve McQueen makes house record hammer price at Dudley saleroom Aston's

01 March 2018

A Rolex of the model made famous after being worn by King of Cool Steve McQueen has set a house record at West Midlands saleroom Aston’s Auctioneers.

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War booty is one to watch in sale

05 February 2018

Among the most desirable of all Second World War wristwatches – a strong suit in this currently hot collecting arena – is the Panerai 3646. This distinctive model was initially intended for the Royal Italian Navy but was also used by German submariners or Kampfschwimmer.

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Fellows sets house record for watch with £110,000 Rolex – view sale video

29 November 2017

Fellows Auctioneers has set a new house record for a price achieved by a watch with the sale of a vintage Rolex.

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The name’s Submariner – Rolex Submariner

20 November 2017

The first Rolex Submariner was introduced to the public in 1954 at the Basel Watch Fair but it was Ian Fleming’s fictional spy, James Bond, who in 1962 transformed a reliable and rugged dive watch to a status symbol embodying suave masculinity and a sense of adventure.