Rare Prototype Rolex Submariner Sells For Record $628K

Prototype Rolex Submariner

British auction house Christie’s recently auctioned off a number of Rolexes, including a rare Submariner that fetched a record $628,572 USD.

The pricetag makes it the most expensive Submariner ever sold at auction, reports Hodinkee.

Sold during Christie’s “A Rolex Afternoon”, the rare gold Rolex is just one of three known to exist — there’s one with a black dial and two with blue dials). This watch was said to have been a prototype from the early 1970’s, so it doesn’t have a serial number. But, the watch is confirmed to be genuine and produced from Rolex’s factory.

It was held by the same private collector for more than 30 years.

AS you can see, it features a dive bezel with knurling on two opposing sections, as well as a bark finish on the Rolex’s iconic jubilee bracelet. It also boasts a blue dial, with yellow gold markers and hands.

The previous record holder was Submariner sold in November 2016 at the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction, (Ref.6528) for $568,561 USD.