A fine stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, textured dial, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1973
    Reference No: 1603
    Case No: 3'392'526
    Model Name: DateJust
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, max. length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex punched Guarantee dated March 23, 1974 and stamped by Paris retailer Mitsukoshi France S.A., 1974 calendar card, green cardholder, case back sticker, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The wonderfully preserved textured dial present in this 1603 imbues the piece with a flamboyance typical of the 1970s, while the stainless steel case renders it the ideal everyday companion for the discerning collector. The presence of its original Guarantee paper and box further amplifies the appeal of this captivating timepiece.

  • 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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Rolex

Ref. 1603
A fine stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, textured dial, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

勞力士,「Datejust」型號1603,精鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配日期顯示,約1973年製。附錶盒和保證書

Circa 1973
36mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$20,000 - 40,000 
€2,200-4,400
$2,600-5,100

sold for HK$30,000

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