The Auction on Elvis Presley BLVD August 14, 2022
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/14/2022

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Offered is Elvis Presley's 1955 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Model 6593 14K gold wristwatch gifted to legendary super fan and friend Gary Pepper. This is one of the most important early pieces of Elvis Presley jewelry every offered--artifacts from this earliest part of his career are rare in general, but pieces of this stature rarely surface. Elvis met Gary in 1957 and maintained a deep connection with Gary for the rest of his life. Like most of the people in Elvis' life, Gary was given many gifts of jewelry and other items. Gary was the President of The Elvis Presley Tanker's Fan Club in Memphis and simply one of Elvis' biggest fans. Elvis always made a point of seeing Gary, and on one of those occasions, most-likely in the early 1960s, he gifted him the offered Rolex. 

Based on Rolex records, the serial number puts the production date somewhere in the later part of 1955, meaning Elvis most-likely purchased the watch in the early part of 1956. This gels with the period when Elvis started making a more serious income after signing with RCA, when his career really took off. A gold Rolex like this would have been the exact symbol of success and status that would have attracted the eye of the rising superstar. There were several Rolex dealers in Memphis in that period, and there were certainly Rolex dealers in Las Vegas. It's possible it was purchased there during Elvis' first visit--the watch starts showing up on his wrist in photos in the middle part of 1956 after that first fateful Vegas engagement in April 1956. The photos presented here show Elvis wearing a watch very similar in shape and size to the offered watch, and the image at right clearly shows a Rolex watch band with its signature crown on the clasp

Gary can be seen wearing the watch, as well, in photos in the 1960s and 1970s. Based on the amount of wear on the watch, he loved it dearly. Later in Gary's life, his uncle moved him to California so he could be taken care of by the family there. After Gary passed, the watch stayed with his uncle, and it remained with the Pepper family for more than 60 years, in total. When Gary's uncle passed, the watch became owned by his son and Gary's cousin James Tate. His signed letter of authenticity accompanies and reads:

I am James Tate the cousin to Gary Pepper. My cousin Gary was the Elvis Presley fan club President in Memphis, Tennessee. he had the Elvis Tankers  Fan Club. Gary was a close friend to Elvis and was given many items by Elvis over the years. The following came from the Gary Pepper estate. Gary had a few pieces of jewelry given to him by Elvis and kept them in his collection until his death on March 29, 1980. Gary passed away here in Long Beach California and this jewelry has been in possession of the family until being sold to Jon Daly of The E.P. Blvd Pawn Shop in Memphis. Item-Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6593 watch / Serial number 75174.

The watch presents with heavy wear, but it could easily be put in working order with professional servicing. The watch band is not the original, which apparently Gary literally wore out, but it does have a period Rolex band. The back cover has been replaced with a later Rolex cover for the same model, and inside the cover are several service markings dating from the 1970s and continuing into the 1980s, when Gary's uncle continued to wear the watch. Very Good condition.

Elvis Presleys 1955 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Model 6593 Gifted to Superfan Gary Pepper – with Provenance from The Pepper Estate
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Minimum Bid: $20,000
Final prices include buyers premium:
Estimate: $40,000 - $50,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Sunday, August 14, 2022.
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