Lifestyle • 28 Mar, 2017
EMPEROR BAO DAI’S ROLEX TO BE AUCTIONED
And the bidding starts at over USD$1.5million...
Auction house Phillips has announced that the legendary “Bao Dai” Rolex, worn by Vietnam’s last emperor Bao Dai, is set to be auctioned in Geneva this May. Said to be one of the ‘most valuable and desirable Rolex’s ever made’, as well as one of the most complicated, the historical timepiece has a pre-sale valuation of over $1.5million USD, a number hiked up by its imperial provenance.
According to family legend, Đại (the 13th and last emperor of the Nguyễn Dynasty) purchased the watch in Geneva in 1954, while he attended a conference seeking peace in Indochina. Aurel Bacs, senior consultant at Phillips, last sold the watch in 2002, since when it has remained in the hands of private collectors.
“It is an absolute privilege to offer the Rolex 6062 ‘Bao Dai’ for the second time in my career,” Bacs said. “With its incredible imperial provenance, stunning condition, and exceptional rarity, it’s a mythical watch that occupies the dreams of scholars, collectors, and enthusiasts all over the world.”
Words by jonaspin