Curvy and Iconic Ladies Rolex: Queen Midas
Rolex Rare and Iconic Queen: Curvy Ladies Midas
This is the rarest and the heaviest Ladies-Rolex -- 60 years ago and today. Information about this overlooked model and the 1st edition of the Queen Midas is written in our blog -- check it: #RolexMidas. Yes, Gerald Genta designed it. It was Rolex first watch with a sapphire-crystal, the 2nd was the Rolex Beta21 Texan almost 10y later. It was the super-expensive endpoint in quality, manufactured by Rolex in the 60s and 70s; it was super-rare and the Rolex to-be-gifted. Yes, and more, all written there.
Just quick and noteworthy: The early 1960s approach of Rolex towards gender-equality -- the curvy Queen Midas weights as much as the original King Midas, almost 200g. Yes, no less gold for her than for the King. Or as Piaget puts it in their '70s-advertisement: Not every woman is worth this watch -- she was the only one holding your hand during the rain; she was the only one that kissed you during the stormy season. Queen Midas.
So, for sure Rolex made not more than 50 pieces of the curvy queen between 1961 and 1963 and all of them have a serial number of the 5XXs in the Rolex Midas Series. Even more, our research makes us think that not even more than 20 of this special watch were ever made -- with some were smelted and some were lost in the last six decades making it one of the rarest ladies Rolex ever and for sure the heaviest.
The Midas series is probably the most iconic Rolex made in the 1960s and 70s -- and probably holds this title up till today. If it is possible to distinguish a Nautilus from 50m distance, then you can easily spot a King Midas from at least 100m distance -- there is nothing similar or even close to it.
It is so on its own, so heavy and has such a wrist presence -- and this specific Queen Midas model is at the same time very feminine and obviously an impressive ladies watch, probably the most impressive Ladies Rolex ever made.
Designed by the Picasso of Watches Gerald Genta in early 1960, it stands in a row with the Patek Gilbert Albert line (1961), Cartier Crash (1967) and Andrew Grima Omegas (1969) -- asymmetric and characteristic and iconic. Just it might be some grams heavier and is for sure a unity of case and bracelet and not two separated items next to each other -- case and leather strap. It is not only the only Rolex designed by Gerald Genta and the highest quality watch-series that left their manufacture in the 1960s and 1970s but also the heaviest ladies Rolex until today -- not speaking the most characteristic.
This Rolex Queen Midas is a monolithic jewel, an object of art, so typical for 60s and 70s. This specific rare reference and model, the 1st Queen Midas was made in 1962 or 1963 according to our books and the special thing about it: it weights exactly the same as the King Midas. But as it is slightly smaller in diameter it has to be thicker than the King Midas to carry the same weight. Impressive and feminine.
According to our research and books Rolex made this reference in no more than 50 examples between 1961 and 1963 (probably even less than 20) -- how many still exist and in a beautiful condition, is unknown, of course.
This one is in close to perfect condition -- the pictures tell the story -- and we are happy to include the original 1962 magazine-advertisement with this outstanding watch. Enjoy the Queens Rolex!