A rare Rolex Submariner has just sold for a whopping £140,000 but it would’ve been worth just a fraction of that price if the owner had got his wish to repair some slight damage on the dial.

The stainless steel Oyster Perpetual was damaged during a routine service and the owner attempted to have the dial replaced, fortunately he was unable to do so, as this would’ve slashed its value by a huge 95%.

This version of the Submariner was made during the late 50s and early 60s and it is highly desired by collectors due to its 3-6-9 dial, however, this example is rarer still as it also features the addition of a dash on the dial, making it one of only 50 of its kind worldwide.

The watch, which was valued between £60-100,000, garnered much interest from across the globe and was eventually sold for the £140,000 to a Chinese collector. The sale came with the kind of provenance that collectors love and as well as still having its original box and purchase receipt, it also included some family photos of the owner wearing it.

A similar example of the watch sold for £160,000 in May of this year and this prompted the owner to decide to sell the watch, but even more astounding than the price the Rolex fetched at the Gardiner Houlgate auction is the original purchase price, the owner’s wife bought him the watch as a gift for just £69.10 back in 1966.

Here at William George & Co. we are currently running a luxury watch auction featuring a number of stunning pieces including a 1990 Rolex Submariner as well as a host of Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe and, Cartier.