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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Watches from ‘The Super Bowl of Watch Collecting’

A vintage Milgauss, a pink gold Datejust and a Daytona fit for a Sultan.


The Geneva watch auctions are coming up this weekend, and if you don’t have a ticket to Switzerland, don’t fret: You can bid from the comfort of your home (i.e., sans pants). The weekend is one of the biggest events for watch enthusiasts out there, and anyone with a predilection for old timepieces should get excited. We sure are — the watch-loving members of our staff have been perusing the online listings the last couple days, looking for our favorites of the bunch. As it turns out we all have a thing for old Rolexes, but with given Rolex’s long history and tendency to experiment with designs, each one has their own unique look.

Rolex Milgauss With ‘Exclamation Point’

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This paragraph could be entirely about how much I adore the Milgauss’s lightning bolt seconds hand, but I also love that the original Milgauss had the same look of the Submariner with a 38mm case and rotating bezel. Add the honeycomb black dial and the gold/orange accents, and you have a stunning timepiece. And that’s to say nothing of the fact that this is a spectacularly rare Rolex because of the addition of the “exclamation point,” the small luminous circle beneath the six o’clock marker.
— Andrew Connor

Est. $61k-91k

Solid Gold Rolex Daytona for the Sultanate of Oman

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Things that make for a great watch: a Yellow Gold Case/Yellow Dial combo and a dial stamped with something for a Sultanate. The Sultan of Oman loved giving out stamped Rolexes, but usually, they were slightly more utilitarian and slightly less flashy (case in point: this beautiful black-dialed steel Daytona) but there’s something so excellent about a little flourish of red Arabic on what is basically an articulating gold bar with some gears inside it. — Henry Phillips

Est. $198k-396k

18k Pink Gold Rolex Datejust

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I guarantee one of my colleagues (Henry) picked something solid gold. Well, I’ll let him outdo me, but only a little. If I bought a Rolex, it’d probably be a Datejust… why not make it a pink gold one? The red date and subtle alligator strap are the icing on the not-too-overblown cake. — Chris Wright

Est. $15k-$25k

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