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Be­fore Paul New­man’s Paul New­man stole all the year’s auc­tion news thun­der, one of the most ex­cit­ing sales was the Rolex Ref. 6062 “Bao Dai”, which sold for over 5 mil­lion Swiss francs to an anony­mous buyer at the Phillips Geneva Watch Auc­tion: Five, in May. At the mo­ment the ham­mer fell, it was the most ex­pen­sive Rolex ever sold. This triple cal­en­dar Rolex was sold to Bao Dai, the last em­peror of the Nguyen dy­nasty of Viet­nam, in 1954 while he was work­ing in Geneva, and had only ex­changed hands once pre­vi­ously. It has a dis­tinc­tive gold case, di­a­mond mark­ers and a black dial, and at the time of its man­u­fac­ture was the most ex­pen­sive and rarest of all the

Rolex mod­els in pro­duc­tion – only three of its kind are known to have ex­isted. The “Bao

Dai” is the only one of them with di­a­mond mark­ers on the even hours, making it a unique piece.

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