A fine and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with black lacquered dial, date, bracelet and box

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1970
    Reference No: 1601
    Movement No: D75756
    Case No: 1’258’811
    Model Name: Datejust
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1560, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, endlinks stamped “271”, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Rolex fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    First launched in 1945, the Date-just was Rolex's new breakthrough inline with its 40th anniversary. The piece was innovative yet revolutionary, it was among the first wristwatch to have a date display with a cyclopes magnifier, which improved the legibility of the date by two and a half times. In 1955, the firm introduced the ref. 1601 which was produced until 1977.

    The present example is a 1970 ref. 1601. Housed in a stainless steel case under a beautiful black lacquered dial is the robust cal. 1560. The present piece is preserved in excellent condition and further accompanied by the original box.

  • 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. 1601
A fine and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with black lacquered dial, date, bracelet and box

勞力士,「Datejust」型號1601,精細,精鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配日期和黑色亮面錶盤,約1970年製。附錶盒

1970
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
HK$35,000 - 70,000 
€3,900-7,900
$4,500-9,000

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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