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Explorer dial sub just sold at UK auction for GBP 86,000!

December 4 2013 at 7:01 AM
Kevin  (Login ninemillimetre)
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I was watching this one on-line as it was estimated at GBP 2,000 to 3,000.

One by one everyone dropped out until it ended up between a bidder in the room and one on-line from Hong Kong. It went to Hong Kong for GBP 86,000 plus costs etc.!

Looks nicely used but no paperwork etc. Apparently according to auctioneers introduction the dial has some slight damage (scratches), replacement crystal and later bracelet.

The auctioneer is claiming a new world record for this model of sub.

Link to item in catalogue


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(Login likeswatches)

That is just crazy in my opinion.

December 4 2013, 7:13 AM 

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(Login robi74)

Re: That is just crazy in my opinion.

December 4 2013, 11:18 AM 

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Mike Wood
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Like the kid says...

December 4 2013, 1:19 PM 

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(Login ggwilliam)
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Re: Explorer dial sub just sold at UK auction for GBP 86,000!

December 4 2013, 10:24 AM 

i am more impressed by auction estimate than by sell result happy.gif .

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(Login jedly1)
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...and the new owner is possibly in for one hell of a surprise

December 4 2013, 12:22 PM 

after overpaying heavily for what is a top of the tree double print 'style' of dial, but in an auction frenzy for what on the surface appears to be a nice dial in the catalogue pictures...but in person is badly damaged by the hand drags that are very apparent in person .... i think not everyone bothered going and looking at it properly or even getting the full condition report .....

would like to be a fly on the wall on delivery day....and these photos don't even begin to capture it fully....deep scratches all the way through the silver two line text and up to the ROP text........

the auctioneers had one point to make very clearly at viewing ...there would be no returns lol ....priorities sorted then happy.gif

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on the plus side, the elderly widow who thought she was getting 2k last week might be able to turn the heating ups couple notches this week happy.gif

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(Login jedly1)
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ps. heres a proper double print ...and it sold in 2009 for £75k

December 4 2013, 12:29 PM 

and last year for a hell of a lot more.....world record smekord.


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(Login watch-guy.com)
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That is a real high quality pic- better than any seen previously

December 4 2013, 1:18 PM 

well done bonhams


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Re Rolex Submariner 3-6-9

December 12 2013, 10:33 AM 

A rare Submariner 3 6 9 was sold at Bonhams London on December 2010 for £78000 inclusive of buyers premium etc. Ref: 5512 made in 1962. This watch was a particular rare model with very small minute markers. Even rarer than the 3 6 9 sold recently for £86000.

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