Every Vintage Car in RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction Matched with a Classic Watch

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In 2017, a 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 became the most expensive British car ever sold. It's $22.6M price tag could be well exceeded in this year's RM Sotheby's Car Auction.

RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction, scheduled for August 17-19, 2019, is one of the world’s most important events for car collectors. This year’s edition features a stunning array of collectible cars including a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Bond Car.

Bob’s Watches, an online marketplace for the sale and trade of 100% certified pre-owned Rolexes, has paired 18 vintage cars, featured in RM Sotheby’s Auction, with classic timepieces. Sotheby’s online will auction the watches between August 14-20, 2019.

RM Sotheby’s flagship automotive event takes place during the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Since 1950, the Pebble Beach Golf Links Course has been home to one of the largest charitable events dedicated to cars.

The “Competition of Elegance” is a focal point of the automotive calendar and features a variety of awards for vintage, classic, and antique cars from around the world.

RM Sotheby's Monterey Auction

Vintage Cars and Classic Watches

Paul Altieri, owner of Bob’s Watches took great pleasure in matching some of the world’s rarest and most stunning cars with the perfect time-keeping accessories. Rolex, Patik Phillip, and Omega are some of the high-end watch brands selected and matched with cars from the RM Sotheby’s classic car auction.

“This is the pinnacle of car events, and we’re so honored and humbled to be a part of it. Cars and watches really go together, and this is a billionaire’s playground.”

1965 Aston Martin DB5 "Bond Car"
1965 Aston Martin DB5 “Bond Car” Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Rolex Submariner 6538 "James Bond"
Rolex Submariner 6538 “James Bond” Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

The 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Bond Car being auctioned this year is one of only two purchased by Eon Productions for the James Bond classic Thunderball. The DB5/2008/R had a full renovation. It’s estimated to cost about $4,000,000 to $6,000,000, but many think it will sell for even more.

Altieri had a tough time letting go of the Rolex Submariner 6538 “James Bond” watch being auctioned alongside the DB5. It comes from his personal collection. Despite having clear reservations about it, he ultimately parted with the special watch in the name of charity.

“One of the first question RM Sotheby’s asked me was if I had a 6538 and I said, ‘No’. They said, ‘Oh, come on!’ I’ve got two of them in my private collection, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to part with one. But I eventually started warming up to the idea because it’s such a cool car. The watch is supposed to have a black dial, but this one has turned into this tropical caramel color—it’s even more beautiful in person. So I hate to let it go, because it’s such a rare watch, but it’s for a good cause.”

1994 McLaren F1 LM-Specification
1994 McLaren F1 LM-Specification Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3710/1A
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3710/1A Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

A Patek Philippe Nautilus 3710/1A costs between $40,000-60,000 making it cheap when compared to the 1994 McLaren F1 LM-Specification they pair it with. The Nautilus is one of the most sought after timepieces in the world. A perfect choice matched with a car estimated to cost $21,000,000-23,000,000.

“Both the Nautilus and the McLaren are heightened versions of the classic. They are both beyond desirable and rare—this Nautilus has a power reserve, which was one of the first augmentations installed in the model.”

This McLaren is one of only two modified to LM specifications. It features an unrestricted GTR racing engine and Extra-High Downforce Kit. It has been driven less than13,352 miles. With a price tag of $21,000,000-23,000,000, this could very well become the most expensive British car of all time. That record was awarded to a 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 which sold at RM Sotheby’s for $22.6 million in 2017.

Porsche Type 64 (estimate available upon request)/Omega Speedmaster 2988-1 (estimate $35,000-$55,000)

1939 Porsche Type 64
1939 Porsche Type 64 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Omega Speedmaster 2988-1
Omega Speedmaster 2988-1 Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (estimate $200,000-$250,000)/Omega Speedmaster 145.012 (estimate $8,000-$12,000)

1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster
1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Omega Speedmaster 145.022
Omega Speedmaster 145.022 Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SW B Coupe Aerodinamico (estimate $2,900,000/Rolex ‘Pepsi’ GMT-Master II (estimate $15,000-$25,000)

1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe
1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Rolex Pepsi GMT-Master II
Rolex Pepsi GMT-Master II Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

1962 Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider by Scaglietti (estimate $10,500,000)/Rolex Submariner 1680 (estimate $15,000-$25,000)

1962 Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider
1962 Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Rolex Red Submariner 1680
Rolex Red Submariner 1680 Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Fuel-Injected Split-Window Coupe (estimate $120,000-$160,000)/Rolex GMT-Master 16758 (estimate $15,000-$25,000)

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Fuel-Injected Split-Window Coupe
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Fuel-Injected Split-Window Coupe Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Rolex GMT-Master 16758
Rolex GMT-Master 16758 Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

1964 Shelby 289 Cobra (estimate $825,000-$900,000)/Heuer Autavia 1163 (estimate $9,000-$14,000)

1964 Shelby 289 Cobra
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Heuer Autavia 1163
Heuer Autavia 1163 Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype (estimate $7,000,000-$9,000,000)/Rolex Explorer II 1655 (estimate $15,000-$25,000)

1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype
1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Rolex Explorer II 1655
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy by Scalietti (estimate $2,900,000-$3,500,000)/ Rolex Explorer 1016 (estiimate ($13,000-$18,000)

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy by Scaglietti Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Rolex Explorer 1016
Rolex Explorer 1016 Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

1971 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona Berlinetta by Scaglietti (estimate $675,000-$750,0000)/Rolex Daytona 6263 (estimate $70,000-$90,000)

1971 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona Berlinetta
1971 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona Berlinetta Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Rolex Daytona 6263
Rolex Daytona 6263 Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring (estimate $130,000-$190,000)/Rolex Submariner 11610LV (estimate $12,000-$18,000)

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Rolex Submariner 16610LV
Rolex Submariner 16610LV Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO (estimate $2,550,000-$2,800,000)/Rolex Daytona 16523 (estimate $10,000-$15,000)

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Rolex Daytona 16523
Rolex Daytona 16523 Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

1985 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole (estimate $100,000-$150,000 without reserve)/Rolex GMT-Master 1675 (estimate $12,000-$18,000)

1985 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole
1985 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Rolex GMT-Master 1675
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

2005 Porsche Carrera GT (estimate $1,200,000-$1,500,000)/Rolex Daytona 116500LN (estimate $20,000-$30,000)

2005 Porsche Carrera GT
2005 Porsche Carrera GT Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Rolex Daytona 116500LN
Rolex Daytona 116500LN Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 ($500,000-$600,000)/Rolex Submariner 116610LN (estimate $10,000-$15,000)

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Rolex Submariner 116610LN
Rolex Submariner 116610LN Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

2017 Pagani Huayra Roadster (estimate $2,750,000-$3,250,000)/Rolex Sea-Dweller 126603 ($17,000-$25,000)

2017 Pagani Huayra Roadster
2017 Pagani Huayra Roadster Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Rolex Sea-Dweller 126603
Rolex Sea-Dweller 126603 Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

2019 McLaren Senna (estimate $1,350,000)/Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR (estimate $15,000-$25,000)

2019 McLaren Senna
2019 McLaren Senna Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR Courtesy of Bob’s Watches

Check Out RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction

This year’s RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction celebrates Aston Martin’s 50th Anniversary. There is a special event called “An Evening with Aston Martin” planned. The auction of the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Bond Car is one of the most fiercely anticipated.

Considered one of the world’s most well known and expensive cars, the chance to see the 1965 DB5 is one reason over 15,000 spectators will visit RM Sotheby’s Auction at the Monterey Conference Center.

  • Aug 16 – Aug 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

  • Monterey Conference Center

  • 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

Source Bob’s Watches, RM Sotheby’s