21st Aug 2023
Weekly Wind Down | Sales Highlights including watches from Rolex and Omega
by Nick Bennett
2001 Omega Speedmaster Racing ‘Michael Schumacher’
Let’s kick this week’s review off with a value proposition - the Omega Speedmaster Racing ‘Michael Schumacher’. Anyone who has been following watches in recent years would have seen the significant price increases that Omega has applied to its beloved ‘Moonwatch’. For many, the Speedy is simply too expensive to justify at its retail price. Thankfully, there are some appealing options out there on the second-hand market.
Motorsport fans will recall the dominance of legendary F1 driver Michael Schumacher in the late 90s and early 2000s. To commemorate his long run of championship victories, Omega released a series of special edition Speedys. This particular version is our favourite thanks to its more wrist-friendly 39mm case, the killer racing dial with checkered pattern, and the layout that remains faithful to the original Moonwatch. All of this for about half the price of a new Speedmaster Professional. Recently sold on Watch Collecting for £3,500.
2023 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36
Pink seems to be the colour of the moment with the recent release of the blockbuster movie, Barbie. It seems fitting then to highlight this fun and colourful version of Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual. This reference was launched among a range of brightly coloured dials in 2020 in a move nobody saw coming from Rolex. It completely reinvigorated the range which was previously cast aside in favour of the Datejust or one of the Crown’s sports models.
These watches have been almost impossible to acquire at retail as collectors’ tastes move towards more fun and colourful dials. Among these OPs, the pink 36mm version remains among the most elusive. With the addition of some key technical upgrades like a new movement and Rolex’s Easylink clasp extension, this is a perfect daily watch with a bit of added flare. Recently sold on Watch Collecting for £8,500.
2003 Rolex Day-date
When it comes to choosing a Day-Date, there’s no shortage of options. In the current catalogue, there are now two sizes, a range of precious metal finishes, and a host of different dial combinations. No matter how many flourishes and precious stone embellishments find their way onto the case or dial, it’s hard to look past a classic 36mm Day-Date in platinum.
Apart from its impressive heft, which instantly gives the wearer a feeling there’s something special on the wrist, this watch also features an incredibly cool ice-blue dial. What makes it even more appealing is that Rolex reserves this colour exclusively for platinum watches. Recently sold on Watch Collecting for £26,800.