Shawn Yue may not be considered a famous A-list star in today’s entertainment industry. His good friend Peng Yuyan is much more popular than him.
But in the watch circle, have you ever heard of the “Eddie Peng” version of Longines? But the “Shawn Yue” version of Rolex is famous. Based on Shawn Yue’s current status in the eyes of his cousins, he is simply the Chinese version of “Paul Newman.”
It is well known that Shawn Yue owns many Rolex watches, many of which are antique watches. He is a complete senior Rolex watch replica. After carefully browsing his Instagram and Weibo, you can take stock of Shawn Yue’s Rolex watches.
In the photo with Eddie Peng, Shawn Yue is wearing a 37.5mm 14K gold “Paul Newman” Daytona Ref.6244 JPS.
In the photo with Miriam Yeung and Pang Haoxiang (directors of the “Chi Ming and Chun Jiao” trilogy), Shawn Yue is wearing another “Paul Newman” Ref. 6241 made of stainless steel.
Ref.6241 was produced approximately between 1965 and 1969. The production period was very short, and it was a very early Daytona model. Compared with the previous model, Ref.6239, Ref.6241 has a black acrylic outer ring.
The so-called “Paul Newman” dial is Exotic (meaning exotic) designed by the Swiss dial manufacturer Singer for the Rolex Daytona. The output of Daytona equipped with this type of dial that year was about. It accounts for about 5% of Daytona’s total production. It became famous because the American star Paul Newman wore this Daytona plate.
In addition to Ref.6241, Shawn Yue has another stainless steel “Paul Newman” model, Ref.6263. This model was produced for a relatively long time, from the early 1970s to the 1980s. Ref.6263 has spiral buttons and is an out-and-out Oyster watch.
Shawn Yue’s Ref.6263 looks like it is an MK2 product from the serifs of the “OYSTER COSMOGRAPH” font.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116518LN
In this photo of Shawn Yue getting married in early December 2017, Shawn Yue is wearing a Daytona 116518LN with a gold case and rubber strap. This gold Daytona with a champagne dial and a black subdial later became known as “Shawn Yue” in the market.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116500LN
In Shawn Yue’s arms is Feifei, one of the twin sons of a black man (Chen Jianzhou). The watch exposed on his left wrist is the hard-to-find “Panda Di” 116500LN. Hong Kong fashion media once commented that Shawn Yue “wears whatever he wears,” and it seems that what he said is true.
The Submariner and Sea-Dweller with the COMEX logo are popular antique watches sought after by collectors, and each one is worth a lot of money. Surprisingly, the COMEX Water Ghost owned by Shawn Yue is a minimal number of Ref.5513 (easily confused with Ref.5514).
Rolex has supplied a total of approximately 300 Submariner Ref.5513 to COMEX. The first batch was the ordinary Ref.5513, and later, the Ref.5513 with a helium escape valve began to be provided. Most of them only had the word COMEX engraved on the bottom cover, but no COMEX logo was on the dial. Part of Ref.5513 is called “Pre-COMEX.” The number of Ref.5513 with the COMEX logo is only about 60, which is far less than the later Ref.5514. Judging from the transaction records of the auction house, the value should be around RMB 500,000-600,000.
It is commonly seen in submarine watches such as Ref.6200, Ref.6538, and Ref. 5510. However, from the crown shoulder guard, we can judge that Shawn Yue’s watch is Ref.5513. This particular disk is extremely rare when used on Ref.5513.
Look at the text below the depth number; there is a very short underline. There is also the text T<25 SWISS T<25 below the six o’clock position. This is a mark during the transition period when Rolex replaced the luminous material from radium to tritium. The watch was produced in the early 1960s. Judging from the transaction records of the auction house, the value is approximately RMB 1-1.2 million.
Antique Water Ghost 5513
Shawn Yue showed off two “explorer” Ref. 5513s on Instagram while visiting an antique watch show. The text on the dials at six o’clock on these two watches is just SWISS without underlining. They are probably older swiss models. Early products.
This is a photo taken on the same day as the one above. Both watches are diving watches (Milsub) provided by Rolex to the British military. The left is A/6538, and the right is (possibly) Ref.5517.
This 369 dial with a T mark was later called the “Burford dial.”
In the early 1970s, Rolex became a supplier to the British military again. It used sword-shaped hands based on Ref. 5513 and added a T (tritium) logo on the dial. This time, Rolex gave the British army 1,200 military diving watches (Milsub). The early model was still Ref.5513, then became Ref.5513/5517 during a short transition period (there are two models on the case at the same time) ), and finally, Ref.5517. According to the auction house transaction record of Ref. 5517, it is approximately RMB 1.2-1.5 million.
The “big crown” Ref.6538 shown by Shawn Yue is rare because it only has Tiffany’s logo, not Rolex’s. This Ref.6538 should be a product of the early cooperation between Rolex and Tiffany, probably in the late 1950s. At that time, Rolex hoped to use Tiffany’s channels to develop the market in the United States. Due to the minimal quantity, I only found the transaction record of a well-known auction house at the end of 2012, which was US$284,500, which was approximately RMB 1.7 million at the time. If it were put today, it would be more than double.
However, this Ref.6538 is also likely to be another photo Shawn Yue took when he visited a second-hand watch store because I did not find a second photo of him holding or wearing it on his Instagram and Weibo.
Shawn Yue once wore an 18K gold Ref. 1680 in a photo advertisement for fashion brand Bape. This watch is also Shawn Yue’s personal belongings. Ref.1680 was the first Submariner model with a small window convex lens. At that time, Rolex used precious metal time scales on the Submariner, and Greenwich was made of precious metals. This type of dial got its name because of the shape of the dot time scales. Nipple Dial”. Gold Ref.1680 is a relatively common second-hand watch with an auction price of about RMB 200,000.
Shawn Yue also owns a modified Submariner calendar watch. Judging from the appearance, it should be the work of German BLAKEN. The font of Submariner at the bottom of the dial has been changed to a single line of red letters. This model should be a limited edition released by BLAKEN in 2012 (limited to 25 pieces), priced at 12,750 euros, approximately RMB 106,000, based on the average exchange rate that year.
Shawn Yue also owns multiple Sea-Dwellers. This is a double-red Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665. Shawn Yue posted an Instagram message saying this was his “first old watch that I liked.”
Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 came out in 1967. At that time, it was still part of the Submariner series. There was a line of text, “Submariner 2000,” under the Sea-Dweller font. The two lines of font of the initially released product were printed in red, so it was called “Double Red” Sea Envoy. The initial waterproof depth of the Sea-Dweller is 2,000 feet or 610 meters.
Shawn Yue also often wears a “big white” Ref. 1665. Since 1977, Sea-Dweller has been independent from the Submariner series. There is no longer a “Submariner” font on the disk, and the original red printed font of “Sea-Dweller” has been. When it became white, it was known as “Big White”.
Shawn Yue’s “Dabai” should belong to Mk 1 from the font on the disk. It is an early product of “Dabai.” Due to its large quantity in existence, its market value is about 100,000 yuan.
In addition to the COMEX Submariner, Shawn Yue also has a COMEX Sea-Dweller Ref.1665. These Sea-Dwellers were delivered by Rolex to COMEX between 1977 and 1981, with a total of approximately 300 pieces.
Judging from the dial’s details, this Ref.1665 is the original dial. Because the original COMEX Sea-Dweller dial is very different from the regular Dabai of the same period. The most obvious ones are no DATE after the OYSTER PERPETUAL font, and the waterproof depth is 600m instead of the conventional 610m.
Shawn Yue also owns a more valuable Sea-Dweller than COMEX – the Oman customized Sea-Dweller Ref.1665. This watch was a birthday gift that Shawn Yue bought in 2016.
Most of these specially customized Sea Envoys are printed with the red Arabian scimitar pattern (the national emblem of Oman) and are worth approximately RMB 2.5-3 million in the auction market.
In addition to the famous Daytona and Submariner, Shawn Yue also owns a Milgauss Ref.6451. This watch should have been acquired by Shawn Yue earlier. In November 2011, Shawn Yue posted a photo of this watch on Ins. He also posted a post saying, “Still thinking about it…shit”.
Rolex released the Milgauss watch in 1956. It was a tool watch developed for scientific researchers working in electromagnetic environments. The European Center tested it for Particle Physics, and it can withstand a magnetic field of 1,000 Gauss. Shawn Yue is only a first-generation Milgauss product. The unique lightning needle and honeycomb dial are highly recognizable. The price on the auction market is about RMB 1.2-1.5 million.
Shawn Yue once showed off two Greenwich models on Instagram: Ref. 1675 (top) and Ref. 16750 (bottom). Both had black aluminum rims, not the more popular “Pepsi rims.”
In 1955, Rolex and Pan American Airways jointly designed and launched the GMT-Master watch for flight pilots traveling between various time zones. The function of GMT indicating the second time zone was Rolex’s first. The original model, Ref.6542, had a bezel made of resin prone to cracking. It was upgraded to the aluminum bezel Ref.1675 in 1959, and the Ref.16750 is an upgraded model. Both can be paired with an Oyster strap or a commemorative watch. Watch strap.
In the antique watch trading market, the price of the black bezel is slightly lower than that of the “Pepsi bezel.” The market price of Ref. 1675 is about RMB 80,000-100,000, while the price of Ref. 16750 is about RMB 50,000-70,000.
Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR
Shawn Yue also showed off two 116710BLNR, commonly known as the “Inter Milan Circle.” It is difficult to judge whether these two watches belong to him based on a single picture. 116710BLNR has been discontinued, and its market price has been raised to 110,000. This year in Basel, Rolex has released a new model 126710 equipped with caliber 3285 and a commemorative strap.
This message was sent one month before Shawn Yue’s birthday (November 23) in 2016. Shawn Yue was struggling to choose between two watches. Of course, we already know the outcome: he bought the Omani version of the Sea-Dweller.
The one on the right is just the UAE version of Greenwich Ref. 1675. UAE is the abbreviation of the United Arab Emirates. The national emblem of the United Arab Emirates is printed at six o’clock on the dial. The Arabic text on the right side of the pattern means “Ministry of Defense.” This was a gift from the UAE government to designated service members of the country’s military in the 1970s.
The auction price of the UAE version of the ordinary “Pepsi Circle” Ref.1675 is more than 100,000 Swiss francs. This watch has a rarer pure blue bezel called the “Blueberry Circle,” and the price is doubled. It’s about RMB 1.5-2 million.
Explorer Ⅱ Explorer Ⅱ
Rolex Explorer II 216570
On Instagram in April 2012, Shawn Yue posted a photo of the white-faced Explorer II 216570 and asked, “Which one is better, the new one or the old one?”
The “new model” mentioned here should be the 216570 in the picture. This model was launched at the Basel Show in 2011. Compared with the “old model” 16570, the diameter of the watch has been increased from 40mm to 42mm, and the buckle has been upgraded.
Explorer II is a professional watch launched by Rolex in 1971. It is specially designed for polar and cave explorers. The orange GMT pointer is used to help explorers distinguish night and day in polar regions and caves.
Band Length: 19cm
Dial Color: White Dial
Engine: Rolex Calibre 7750/Mingzhu Engine
Case Color: Silver-tone
Case Thickness: 16mm