Cover This ultra-rare Rolex Deep Sea Special watch could fetch up to US$2.6 Million at Phillips' auction (Photo: Courtesy of Phillips Auction House)

An incredibly rare Rolex Deep Sea Special will be offered by Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo at the Geneva Watch Auction: XIV in November 2021. The watch was made in 1965 and has never been publicly available for purchase

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Originally made in 1965, the Rolex Deep Sea Special is one of the brand’s rarest and most important dive watches of all time.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.

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“The Deep Sea Special fully deserves the Special in its name, the sheer idea of a watch that can withstand a dive of 10,000 meters (that is 10 km) is simply mind-boggling! However, more than the technical aspects and sheer rarity of this piece, it is its historical significance that needs to be highlighted. The DSS is the watch that defined what Rolex is today, it is the philosophy behind its creation that led Rolex to focus on tool watches in general and dive watches in particular.” Alexandre Ghotbi, Phillips’ Head of Watches, Continental Europe and Middle East, said in a statement.

“Without the Deep Sea Special, there would be no Submariner or Sea Dweller as we know it. The DSS is a watch that was never available for public purchase and the arrival on the market of an example is a once in a decade event for collectors and watch aficionados to celebrate. We are humbled to have been entrusted with such an incredible piece of horological history.”

For the more information on Phillip's Geneva Watch Auction: XIV and the Rolex Deep Sea Special watch, visit phillips.com

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