Rolex antique watches have many branches, and each has its own collector group. Some people like ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona, some people like the red-print submarine type, and some people are fascinated by the Stella plate calendar type. Some of Rolex’s most coveted timepieces are made using exquisite filigree enamel, such as Ref. 6085, nicknamed the ‘Long’ watch.
The dial of this watch is made by Rolex in cooperation with Stern Frères, the famous dial maker in Geneva. Thanks to the well-documented and well-preserved records, we can even determine that the enamel artist who created this unique dial is Nelly Richard. When it comes to filigree enamel dials, Nelly Richard is more or less legendary. She has created many charming dials for Rolex, Omega, and other brands.
The beauty of filigree enamel dials mainly lies in the depth and subtle changes of color. If you look closely at the dragon’s limbs and tail, you will find that they are all highlighted in gradient tones, demonstrating the perfect control of the craft by the enamel master. The depth of the dial is further enhanced by the gold-plated Arabic numerals, hour markers and Rolex crown.
To date, only five filigree enamel dials are known to be decorated with the ‘Dragon’ pattern, and each is fitted with a different Rolex model, which makes them essentially unique treasures. Not only that, because multiple layers of enamel powder are laminated and different firing processes are used, even the same image created by the same artist will not have the same final effect, which is part of the complex artistic charm of silk enamel .
The watch retains the original 18K gold bracelet, which not only maintains the originality, but also adds glory to the appearance. In November 2016, this Rolex Ref. 6085 ‘Dragon’ filigree enamel watch was auctioned by Geneva in Geneva, with an estimated value of 500,000 to 1 million Swiss francs and a transaction price of 670,000 Swiss francs.