An ultra-rare Rolex dive watch will be going on auction soon, where it could fetch well over US$2 million.
Originally made in 1965, the Rolex Deep Sea Special is one of the brand’s rarest and most important dive watches of all time. Its estimated price will be between CHF 1,200,000 to 2,400,000 (approximately US$1,300,000 – 2,600,000) when it goes up for sale at the upcoming Geneva Watch Auction: XIV on November 5-7.
This vintage piece is so rare that only five of its kind have been sold to the public over the years, with a few others secured and displayed by museums and other institutions, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Piccard Museum Nyon in Switzerland. It has been 12 years since a Deep Sea Special was available for public purchase at auction, making this a once-in-a-decade opportunity for collectors.
According to Phillips, the Rolex Deep Sea Special is the last of 35 commemorative versions the watchmaker made in 1965. This historically important, museum-quality piece is presented in a two-tone stainless steel and gold case, which also comes outfitted with a domed crystal to hold up against extreme pressure and withstand a depth of over 10,000 meters (35,000 feet) below sea level.