Auction Preview: 27th March

Michael Bowman’s 2pm online auction next Saturday 27th March features a rare Rolex Submariner wrist watch which looks for bids in the region £14,000-16,000. This stainless steel automatic timepiece, was one of the first issue made with distinctive green bezel and black dial in 2003 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Submariner production. The model has become popularly known as the ‘Kermit’ with reference to the shade of green used and a very well known frog.

The earliest Kermits, such as the example on offer, exhibit a peculiar shape to the numeral ‘4’ on the bezel, where the internal apex is flat and hence are referred to as ‘flat fours’. After barely more than a few months, Rolex altered the shape to an internal point for the remaining six years of Submariner Kermit production.

The sale will also include a handsome piece of early Victorian silver by the illustrious manufacturers Storr & Mortimer A wide necked claret jug in the form of a Greek ‘Askos’, has two foxes sitting astride the rim, anticipating interest of between £3,000 and £5,000.

Focus in the jewellery section will be on the certified natural Sri-Lankan colour change sapphire & diamond ring with hopes of £2,000-3,000. The 4 carat sapphire exhibits a change from blue in daylight to bluish purple under artificial lighting.

Public viewing is not currently possible, but all lots are fully illustrated online. Tel 01626 324071.

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