Sold for $5,060,427 at Phillips, the leading watch auction house dedicated to highest quality timepieces,the iconic Rolex Reference 6062, “Bao Dai”, becomes the most expensive Rolex to have ever been sold at an auction. Widely considered by the collecting community and cognoscenti as the most valuable and desirable Rolexes ever made by the prestigious manufacturer, it is known as the personal wristwatch of the last emperor of Vietnam, Bảo Đại.
Rolex Reference 6062, “Bao Dai” triple calendar with moonphase in yellow gold is one of only three black dial models known to exist with diamond markers. Of the three, the Bao Dai, is the only example to feature diamond markers at the even hours, making this piece truly one-of-the-kind. This timepiece is also the most complicated and iconic Oyster-cased model created by the venerable Geneva-based brand, featuring day, date, month and moonphase indications. The watch first appeared on the market in 2002, when Phillips sold it for a then record-breaking price, making it the most expensive Rolex ever sold at auction.
Born Nguyễn Phúc Vĩnh Thụy, His Majesty Bao Dai was the 13th and last emperor of the Nguyễn Dynasty. He ascended the throne in 1925 at age 12 that was granted the title of the Keeper of Greatness. According to family tradition, Bao Dai himself purchased the watch in Geneva in 1954, when he attended the historic Geneva Conference seeking peace in Indochina following the Korean War.