A fine and excellently preserved stainless steel automatic wristwatch with center seconds, hack feature, grey Sigma dial, date, bracelet, Garantie and box

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1977
    Reference No: 1601, case back stamped "1600" to the inside
    Case No: 5'173'950
    Model Name: Datejust
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet stamped "555" to the endlinks, maximum length 200,,
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped "A" and "62510 H"
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated and unstamped punched Rolex Garantie, COSC and Warranty translation leaflets, document holder, fitted presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present specimen is offered in extremely appealing condition: unpolished, the case back still retains the green Rolex sticker with the unfaded reference number. Furthermore it comes with its punched Rolex guarantee and original box. An entreating proposal for both the seasoned collector, and the newcomer to the world of vintage Rolex timepieces as well.

  • 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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Ref. 1601, case back stamped "1600" to the inside
A fine and excellently preserved stainless steel automatic wristwatch with center seconds, hack feature, grey Sigma dial, date, bracelet, Garantie and box

勞力士,「Datejust」型號1601,精鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配日期顯示和「Sigma」錶盤,約1977年製。附錶盒、保證書、天文台證書

Circa 1977
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$32,000 - 64,000 
€3,500-7,000
$4,100-8,200

sold for HK$42,500

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