5. Dr. Rajendra Prasad’s Gold Rolex Oyster – $440,000
The first president of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, owned this watch. It was given to him in 1950 during India’s first ever Republic Day. The watch features an 18K gold dial with a map of India dated 26 January 1950 inscribed into it.
4. James Bond 1973 Rolex 5513 – $450,000
The watch was used in the Roger Moore movie Live and Let Die. It has a white on black dial, and stainless steel body and strapping. And since it was used in a James Bond movie, it features a razor disc, buzz saw, and a magnetic field generator. Bond used the razor disc to remove a woman’s dress and the magnetic field generator to dodge a bullet. It sounds cool, but while you may try the watch to take off a woman’s clothing, you should do the wise thing and not try the bulletproof feature brought about by the magnetic field.
3. Rolex GMT 116769TBR – $485,350
This is the most expensive watch that comes directly from Rolex. It features a wave diamond dial with luminous hour markers. The hands are luminous as well, though it is lined in black. The bracelet is made of white gold weighing 18 carats. Along with the sides, it is filled with diamonds. The self-winding, automatic watch features an Oysterlock clasp and can go down to 100 meters of water resistance. Even the case and locks are encrusted with 76 brilliant round diamonds.
2. Eric Clapton’s 1971 Rolex Daytona – $505,000
Just like his guitars, Eric Clapton’s watch seems to be highly valued. The watch features a silver monochrome dial, a stark contrast to the more common design themes of Rolex that have different schemes. As a result, the watch was nicknamed Albino. The price of the watch in the market is around a hundred thousand, but Slowhand himself had worn this one, thus, the increase in its value.
1. 1942 Rolex Chronograph – $1.16 million
Only 12 pieces of this 1942 classic were made. Originally estimated to have a value of around $680 thousand, it went at a Christie’s auction for $1.16 million. The watch has a nickel finish and lever movement and silver matte dials. It features 17 jewels and pink gold Arabic and baton numerals. It also has outer minute divisions, blue telemeter, black tachymeter scales, two subsidiary dials for constant seconds, a 30-minute register, and a split second chronograph mechanism.