The Mystery of the Alpine Cross Rolex Watch | Sotheby's

Geneva | 12 May 2024

There are no end of extraordinary tales and unsolved mysteries when it comes to vintage Rolex. Indeed, one of the most captivating elements of watch enthusiasm is that with simply the passing of time new clues and answers begin to emerge as technology changes and previously unknown watches are discovered.

Such is the case with this timepiece, a watch that may help to shed more light on some of the most elusive vintage Daytona ever made – the aptly named ‘Mystery Cross’. Until recently, being found on only 3 examples of the Rolex Daytona ref. 6265, the emblem consisting of the Swiss cross surrounded by a knotted rope, had baffled collectors and scholars alike for many years.

This missing link is on offer as part of the Important Watches: Part I auction taking place at Sotheby's Geneva on 12 May.

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