Spring has sprung and you know what that means ?auction season! Last week we had the opportunity to take a look at the highlights from the Phillips auction taking place in Geneva on May 13 and 14, and they were no joke. There were plenty of replica watches to drool over, including the Replica Rolex reference 6062 "Bao Dai," a yellow gold Replica Rolex Paul Newman Daytona ref. 6265, a rare Patek Philippe reference 530 with Breguet numerals (and with the fattest case you have ever seen), and a Patek Philippe ref.2499 retailed by Tiffany & Co. with the original bracelet (swoon) https://pakistanconstitutionlaw.com.
But the fake watch I was drawn to the most was a stainless steel Replica Rolex reference 6062 ?what can I say, expensive taste is the cross that I must bear. This fake watch caught my attention for many reasons, but mostly because while I had heard of this good-looking reference, I didn't know a ton about it. So what is the 6062 all about? Let's find out.
The Replica Rolex reference 6062 in stainless steel on the wrist ?it is very comfortable to wear, to say the least.What Is The 6062?
We have talked about the reference 6062 before on HODINKEE, specifically the Bao Dai, these two rose gold "Stelline" dial versions that came up for auction a while back (including one untouched example that sold for $950,000), and one or two that have come up at Phillips previously. However, it is important to note that none of these examples are steel. Only a single fake watch like that has appeared on HODINKEE before, and it's owned by Jason Singer, as seen in his Talking replica watches video.ADVERTISEMENT
The stainless steel 6062 is one of the rarest examples of the reference. It is one of just three Replica Rolex references that feature a moonphase ?the vintage ref. 6062 and ref. 8171, and the brand new Cellini Moon-Phase released this year at Baselworld. Making its debut at Baselworld in 1950, the 6062 was the first automatic triple calendar moonphase fake watch in a waterproof Oyster case (the 8171 is not in a waterproof case). Considering the Datejust debuted in 1945, this was a pretty advanced fake watch for Replica Rolex at the time. The 6062 managed to marry a high-end complication, usually reserved for more delicate watches, with a sporty, waterproof Oyster case all while maintaining the everyday wearability we associate with Replica Rolex.
A rose gold "Stelline" 6062.
A yellow gold "Stelline" 6062.
The 6062 was produced in yellow gold, rose gold, and stainless steel, with two-tone silvered dials and sometimes, in rare cases, black ones. The gold models featured a series of dial configurations ranging from the "Stelline" (with stars as hour markers), the "Pyramid" (with triangular indexes at the quarter hours), darts (with arrow-head like indexes), diamond indexes (like the Bao Dai), and the 3-9 configuration. The steel 6062s only featured two-tone silvered dials with the 3-9 Arabic numerals in steel or yellow gold and luminous alpha hands.Want To Compare?
This is another exemplary 6062 in steel, owned by Jason Singer (as seen in his Talking replica watches episode). This is one of the best steel 6062s out there, so it is helpful to look at this one next to the one coming up at Phillips for context.
The complications consist of the moonphase, the date, which is indicated by the outer chapter ring, and the day and month which are displayed in twin apertures at 12 o'clock. The fake watch itself is chronometer certified and this is indicated underneath the day and at the month. In some cases, like the Bao Dai, the "Chronometer Certified" is located in the sub-dial at six o'clock. The case is your standard 36mm Oyster case with screw-down case back and inside is the automatic Replica Rolex caliber 655.
Only about 200-300 6062s were made in stainless steel, all between the years 1950 and 1953. This is a crazy low number of production for Replica Rolex, which nowadays makes upward of 800,000 replica watches per year. And, if that sounds like a lot for some reason, know that only about 40 steel 6062s are known to be in the market today, very few of them in really great condition.Collectibility
An example of a steel ref. 6062 with gold hands and markers. (Photo: Courtesy John Goldberger)
The steel 6062 gained traction in the 1980s when Japanese collectors started scooping up the really good examples. These replica watches were later sold to European dealers and collectors in the late 1990s, which later still showed up at auctions over the past decade. It is really tough to find a good example that has maintained both its condition and originality (remember, condition is king with vintage Replica Rolex).
With that in mind, the steel 6062 has only come up at auction a handful of times in the past 10 years, and the results range from $50,000 to $400,000. Now, this may seem like a large spread, because well, it is. In my opinion, the real reason for the pricing difference is again condition, originality, and the relative strength of the market at the time of the sale.
The vintage Replica Rolex market has been incredibly strong for the past five years, with the cost of ultra-rare references and models with unique dials creating a buzz in the market. This applies to the the steel 6062 too, but personally I think the cost of this fake watch comes down to quality and rarity. It's the good ole' "find me another" situation ?there are so few in really top condition that when a good example comes up for sale, a prospective buyer is going to have some serious competition and doesn't really have another option if they want the watch.
An example of a steel 6062 with riveted Oyster bracelet. (Photo: Courtesy John Goldberger)
A heavily patinated example of a 6062 with yellow gold indexes. (Photo: Courtesy John Goldberger)
The 6062 coming up for auction at Phillips is estimated at CHF 600,000 to 1,200,000. The last steel 6062 that was sold at auction was at Christies in 2013, and it sold for $371,156 (all in) on an estimate of $242,000 - $352,000. This fake watch had a less attractive dial with more age spots and definitely isn't as nice as the example we have here. I also think the fact that is has been fours years since a really good steel 6062 has come to auction explains the stronger estimate. It will be interesting to see how the one at Phillips ends up doing.ADVERTISEMENT The 6062 Steel At Phillips In The Metal
The rare steel 6062 coming up for sale at Phillips.
Like all Replica Rolex watches, this fake watch was designed to be worn, not kept in a safe somewhere. This means it is even more difficult to find untouched, unpolished, unworn, and well-preserved vintage Replica Rolex replica watches like the 6062. The steel 6062 that is coming up at Phillips is one of the nicest examples to surface in years.
Overall, the fake watch is well-preserved with no obvious alterations. The case has probably been very lightly polished, but the shape remains full and hasn't really lost any definition. And as you can see in the caseback images, the engravings are still visible, showing that it was not overly polished. Additionally, the steel Jubilee bracelet is period-correct (yay!).
A close up of the moonphase and date displays.
The dial is exceptional, and has that indescribable glow (you know the one I'm talking about). The lume plots are no more, but this is to be expected, and the remnants have faded to a nice vanilla color. The blue date ring is still extremely vibrant, which really makes the dial sing, and the applied Arabic numerals don't show too much aging or wear.
The caseback of the steel Replica Rolex 6062 at Phillips.
The day and month, along with the chronometer certification and signature.
On the wrist, it wears just like you want a $1 million vintage stainless steel Replica Rolex to wear ?simply awesome. Like most 36mm Oyster cases it sits well on the wrist and it just makes you feel cool. That might sound trite, but there's no better way to put it. With this one your wrist, you just feel special. This could easily be a daily wear fake watch for those who dare (and have $1 million to spend on something like that).
But after all is said and done, the steel 6062 embodies everything great about vintage Replica Rolex. It is balanced, clean, simple, and sturdy, all while having little details that make it special (did you notice that the date ring reverses between 8 and 23?). And while this fake watch may go for over $1 million, it remains totally understated and can be desired by almost any vintage fake watch lover.
The Phillips Geneva fake watch Auction: Five will take place on May 13-14. The stainless steel Replica Rolex 6062 is lot number 172. You can read more about this lot and see the rest of the replica watches in the auction, on the Phillips replica watches website.Replica Rolex Phillips Vintage-rolex