At Phillips Geneva Watch Auction, Rolex’s first-generation lightning needle, 6541, made in 1958, was sold at a sky-high price of 2,238,000 Swiss francs, equivalent to about 17.33 million RMB.
Just looking at this number, you may feel a little. But by comparison, you can see how inflated the price is. In the same game, the gold Paul Newman, expected to be high before, was 62.41 million, 5.9 million.
What is even more exaggerated is: in May of last year, the transaction price of Phillips was 302,400 Swiss francs, which was also 6541 made in 1958, equivalent to about 2.34 million RMB.
In one year, it has increased by seven times.
6541 is Rolex’s first mass-produced Milgauss lightning needle + honeycomb plate, which was put into production in 1956 and discontinued in 1965.
Before officially releasing 6541, Swiss replica Rolex also launched a Milgauss prototype, model 6543. From 1954 to 1956, it is said that only 75-200 pieces were produced in two years. At the same time, 6541 also has an exceptional aperture version specially designed for the US market.
In the past ten years, Phillips, Antiquorum, etc, have auctioned 6541 several times, and the transaction prices are all in the range of 1 million to 3 million. This time it can directly exceed 10 million. The reason may be the two points mentioned by Phillips in the description of the lot.
First, a super big set. Comes with a imitation Rolex Chronometer certificate, warranty card, additional chronometer certificate dated 14 June 1960, tag, box, etc. Phillips also emphasized, “As far as we know, this is the 6541 with the most complete accessories that have ever appeared in the auction market.”
Second, the original condition needs to be polished. And, very importantly, the dial is in near-perfect condition, without any signs of oxidation, as if it were brand new.
So, please cherish the green glass in your hands.
It has been discontinued, so how could the green glass of the future be another 6541?
Case Size: 40mm
Dial Color: Black Dial
Engine: Rolex Calibre 2813