At Christie’s evening sale in New York, there was no question about which watch was the most exciting: Rolex ref. 6062 “Dark Star”. In fact, I think this is the most exciting auction in New York this week.
The Rolex Ref. 6062 Dark Star
So what goes beyond the catchy moniker? This is a role reference. Automatic triple calendar, moon phase for pure gold. The watch, which dates back to about 1952, has a special dial decorated with gold stars for eight hours, known as stelline, or “little star” in Italian. Now, these things themselves will become a very spectacular and rare cheap fake Rolex watch. Although about 670 gold 6062 pieces were produced, only a small fraction of them had star dials. For the last five years or so, these six stars from the ’60s and’ 60s have been on sale, and they’ve always attracted a lot of buyers. But what makes Dark Star special is nothing to do with its relationship to the Rolex plant, which it left nearly 70 years ago.
The name Dark Star comes from the thick turquoise that covers the ring and the top and sides of the case. It has a dark purple appearance, showing blue, green and orange, depending on how the light hits it. The overall effect is a dark opal or mother-of-pearl. This copper rust is caused by the oxidation of the surface of gold, which can be easily polished or cleaned off – it is still so dark and thoroughly seen as a sign that the watch may be almost unworn and almost certainly unworn for decades. You can see the gold original color on the bottom lid and razor sharp super oyster crown.
Now it’s a question of price. The Rolex replica watch is estimated at $1,000,000- $2,000,000, which is not to be sniffed at. These high-value, unique watches are often difficult to get a background or perspective on, but fortunately, this watch has been sold at auction before and provides us with a useful benchmark. Christie’s last sold the dark star in December 2011 for $542,500. Just a week before the sale, more pedestrian references. The price of 6,062 is less than $100,000, which means that even in 2011, the Dark Star was thought to be worth more than five times as much. Given what has happened to the old Rolex market over the past seven years, doubling the price doesn’t seem particularly proud when you consider selling unique watches like baode and the reference price of steel. In the 1960s, it could easily accomplish more.