Rolex is a world-famous Swiss luxury watchmaker. Currently headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the private company was founded in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis.Known for its lineup of uber-expensive watches, Rolex is the go-to brand for people interested in putting on luxurious timepieces for their wrists. But just how much can a Rolex watch command in the market? Check out the top 10 most expensive Rolex watches in the world and see for yourself.
1. Steve McQueen’s 1967 Rolex Submariner
In 2009, Steve McQueen’s 1967 Rolex Submariner sold for $234,000 at an auction event by Antiquorum. The Reference 5512 was first produced in 1967 and does not include a date indicator. In terms of design, the watch looks undoubtedly vintage.
The watch might seem pretty ordinary to common folks. But obviously, the design or the material used had nothing to do with the price. The fact that it was once owned by Steve McQueen guaranteed the watch to command a massive price in the auction market.
Dubbed “The King of Cool,” Steve McQueen was an American actor. He was one of the most popular actors during the 1960s and 1970s and was known for being able to command large salaries out of movie studios. He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance in The Sand Pebbles.
2. Paul Newman Ferrari Red Rolex Daytona
The Paul Newman Ferrari Red Rolex Dayton is the first of two watches associated with actor Paul Newman on this list. The watch was inspired by Ferrari and features a red-and-black dial, making it arguably the coolest and most easily recognizable item on this list.
It is a manually wound watch with 17 jewels and measures 37 mm in diameter. It was sold for a hefty price of $267,203, a price directly connected to the fact that the watch is related to Newman. Newman was an American actor and racecar driver. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the 1986 film The Color of Money.