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Sell Your Rolex Watch with Sotheby's

Selling Your Rolex with Sotheby's is Simple

To receive an auction estimate from a Sotheby's specialist, we offer two convenient and confidential options:
1. Request an estimate online
2. Meet with a specialist in person in your nearest city
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    Frankfurt/Main | Watches
    22 May 2019
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    Edinburgh | Jewellery & Watches
    23 May 2019
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    Munich | Watches
    23 May 2019
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    Rome| Watches
    23 May 2019
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    Milan | Watches
    24 May 2019
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    Berlin | Jewellery & Watches
    28 May 2019
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    Athens | Jewellery and Watches
    28–29 May 2019
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    Hamburg | Watches
    29 May 2019
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    Ireland and Northern Ireland | Watches
    4 June 2019
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    Vienna | Watches
    6 June 2019
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    Hong Kong| Watches
    3 May–31 July 2019
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    Jakarta| Watches
    3 May–31 July 2019
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    Kuala Lumpur | Watches
    3 May–31 July 2019
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    Bangkok | Watches
    3 May–31 July 2019
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    Manila| Watches
    3 May–31 July 2019
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    Singapore | Watches
    3 May–31 July 2019
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    Taipei | Watches
    3 May–31 July 2019
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    Tokyo | Watches
    3 May–31 July 2019
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Get Started with an Estimate

Get Started with an Estimate
Register or log in to your Sothebys.com account to request an estimate of your watch. Complimentary estimates are provided for each Rolex watch that meets our minimum consignment value ($5,000 in New York, £3,000 in London and HK$40,000 in Hong Kong).

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Watches Consigned with Sotheby's

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does a Rolex appraisal from Sotheby's cost?
    Our auction estimate valuations are complimentary and do not cost you anything. We review all submissions and provide valuations for watches we believe we can sell at auction. We will inform you if your watch is not a good fit for a Sotheby's auction, and we will do our best to provide you with a recommendation of another venue to sell your watch.
  • When is the best time to sell my Rolex?
    Sotheby's, the best place to sell your Rolex, has watch sales throughout the year that are held online and in multiple selling locations, including Hong Kong, London, Geneva and New York. Based on our specialists' understanding of the market and the current appetite of watch buyers, we are able to recommend the location and time of year that is best suited for the sale of your timepiece.
  • Must I have the original documents or receipts that came with my Rolex timepiece?
    Our specialists will need clear photographs and as much information as you can provide in order to determine your watch's auction estimate. If you have additional paperwork, please do submit it. However, we can still evaluate your Rolex with photographs alone. Once you submit your Rolex information online, you will be able to track the estimate process and one of our specialists can get in touch with you directly if there are any questions about your timepiece.
  • Where can I find my Rolex watch's serial number and model number?
    Every Rolex has a 4-8 digit serial number engraved on the side of the case underneath the band at the six o'clock marker. The model number is found on the other side of the case between the lugs. Modern Rolex watches have the serial number engraved on the inner bezel at the six o'clock position, and the model number opposite it.
  • What is the difference between a Rolex Daytona and Rolex "Paul Newman" Daytona?
    The dial is the one notable difference between a Daytona and a "Paul Newman" Daytona. A Paul Newman dial has an Art Deco style font for the numerals and the hash marks have a small square at the end of the sub dials. While there are many other subtle differences between the two, this is an easy way to determine the difference.
  • Why are pre-owned and vintage Rolex watches so valuable?
    Vintage collecting, as a hobby and as an investment, has exploded over the last five years. Many Rolex models, which are 20 or 30 years old, have appreciated in value tremendously. If you are interested in an investment-grade piece for buying or selling, Rolex watches are the favored brand. In general, the Rolex watches that have best retained their value are sport watches: The GMT (designed for pilots), the Submariner (designed for scuba divers), and the Daytona/Paul Newman Daytona (designed for race-car drivers).

More information on how to sell with Sotheby's

Sotheby’s is your best resource to buy and sell Rolex watches and vintage and modern timepiece styles such as Daytona, Paul Newman, Sea-Dweller, Submariner, Red Line, Double Red, James Bond, Milgauss, Explorer, GMT-Master, GMT-Master II, Yacht-Master, Sky-Dweller and Rolex models 1675, 6542, 1665, 5517, 5514, 5513, 5512, 5510, 5508, 6538, 6536, 6205, 6204, 6200, 1680, 116599, 116598, 116589, 116528, 116523, 116520, 116519, 116518, 116515, 116509, 116505, 16528, 16523, 16520, 16519, 16518, 16515, 6265, 6264, 6263, 6262, 6241, 6240, 6239, 1019 and 6451.

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