Yesterday, at the Geneva Watch Auction: Five, the Rolex reference 6062, aka the “Bao Dai,” broke the all-time record for a Rolex at auction.
According to Phillips, “Following an eight-minute bidding war, between ten bidders in the room and three on the telephone, the iconic Rolex Reference 6062, ‘Bao Dai’ sold for CHF 5,066,000 to a phone bidder.”
Additionally, this example is the only one to feature the diamond markers at even hours. Increasing the collectibility of this one-of-a-kind Rolex timepiece even further – and inspiring its nickname – is the fact that it originally belonged to the last emperor of Vietnam, His Majesty Bao Dai.
See the official description for historic lot 93 here.