We’ve all been hotly anticipating this season’s auctions – mainly because the you-know-what is coming up for auction, but also because it’s always nice to peruse the crisp pages of a freshly printed catalogue, and see what’s going on there. Some seasons are more exciting than others, and this fall’s selection has definitely exceeded expectations. Here are two examples of the replica Rolex watches that I had literally never heard of before coming across them this week. They don’t look like anything else out there – but the stories check out, or so we think.
This two-tone 6265/3 was a custom piece made for Bruce J. Leven, a Seattle-based entrepreneur and gentleman racing legend, who has been successful with his waste management company, Bayside Disposal. Leven was famous in the racing circles, and more than held his own as driver, competing at the top level. This, combined with his love of Porsches, soon translated into owning the Bayside Disposal Racing Team. Leven and his team went on to take three wins at the Twelve Hours of Sebring, and, notably, purchased Porsche 962 chassis #001 in 1984. In order to cherish and celebrate the occasion, his best friend and the then-Vice President of the replica Rolex USA, William Rosen, offered Leven “any fake rolex watch in the catalogue.” Leven chose the 6265 but he had one request: he wanted it “with a twist,” and asked for it in two-tone (this was 1984 after all).
His wish was granted, and here it is: a possibly unique two-tone 6265/3 with box, papers, service papers, and service sticker on the caseback. The 6265 was produced from 1971 to 1988, in yellow gold or stainless steel (with a couple of wild cards in between). It’s known for its steel or gold bezel, and for having screw-down pushers. The 6265 also has been known to feature the fake Paul Newman dial, though most of those have been put in 6263 cases at this point. Ellen owns a gold non-PN 6265 and we have seen a couple on Talking Watches with Morgan King and John Goldberger. Goldberger’s is in white gold with a crazy-cool bracelet. Yes, and did I mention that it’s a piece special? This two-tone is essentially a follow up to that, and the fact that this even exists in two-tone is crazy.