A fine and extremely well-preserved stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, guarantee and box

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1999
    Reference No: 14270
    Case No: A159'948
    Model Name: Explorer
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3000, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped ""558B" and "78790" to the endlinks, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped ""U12" and "78790"
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex Warranty stamped by California retailer Royal Maui Jewelers and dated November 28, 1999, green rolex sticker, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    One of the most wearable and multi-purpose wristwatches made by Rolex, the Explorer’s strongest suit is its simplicity. It allows for excellent legibility under any condition and grants the watch a vibe which is at the same time elegant and suave as well as masculine and sporty. Truly a watch that works equally well at the beach as in the boardroom. In fact, the dial layout is so iconic that all dials with Arabic numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock can be called “Explorer dials”.

    The present specimen is offered in excellent, unpolished condition and complete of its original sale accessories.

  • 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. 14270
A fine and extremely well-preserved stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, guarantee and box

勞力士,「Explorer」型號14270,精細,精鋼自動上弦腕錶,配中心秒針,約1999年製。附錶盒、保證書

Circa 1999
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$32,000 - 47,000 
€3,600-5,300
$4,100-6,000

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019