A fine and attractive pink gold wristwatch with tropical black lacquer dial and center seconds, retailed by Serpico y Laino

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1955
    Reference No: 6605
    Movement No: N740445
    Case No: 319’921
    Model Name: DateJust
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1065, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K pink gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet, max length 190mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 35.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 6605 from the 1950s is a highly sought after model, and the present example is stunning. The South American pink gold hue is beautifully offset with the lovely pie pan black lacquer dial, which has begun to turn “tropical”. The watch is made even rarer with the signature of the famed Venezuela jeweller Serpico y Laino. In extremely well preserved condition this watch is sure to please collectors of rare and interesting Rolex timepieces.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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FROM AN IMPORTANT ASIAN COLLECTOR

Rolex

Ref. 6605
A fine and attractive pink gold wristwatch with tropical black lacquer dial and center seconds, retailed by Serpico y Laino

勞力士,「DateJust」型號6605,18K玫瑰金自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配亮漆面「Tropical」棕色錶盤,由Serpico y Laino銷售,約1955年製

Circa 1955
35.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 200,000 
€13,200-22,000
$15,400-25,600

sold for HK$125,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018