A rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, black lacquer dial, bracelet, original guarantee and fitted presentation box

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1968
    Reference No: 1603
    Movement No: D100212
    Case No: 1'805'966
    Model Name: DateJust
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, 175 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped 3.68
    Dimensions: 35.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Guarantee dated 30 April 1969, Bureaux Suisses de Contrôle Officiel de la Marche des Chronomètres dated 5 June 1968, product literature, leather wallet and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This stainless steel DateJust is fitted with a black lacquer dial that is still incredibly glossy in its finish. The watch has been preserved in very original condition, featuring a sharp milled finish to the top of the lugs and case back. The watch furthermore still retains its original bracelet, stamped for the third quarter of 1968, original papers and fitted presentation box. These features enhance the desirability and collectibility of the watch, as complete examples are very rare to come by.

  • 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 rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, black lacquer dial, bracelet, original guarantee and fitted presentation box

勞力士,罕有,不銹鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針、日曆顯示及黑色漆錶盤,“DateJust”,型號1603,附證書及盒子,1968年製

1968
35.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$30,000 - 50,000 
€3,500-5,900
$3,700-6,200

sold for HK$37,500

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016