A fine and rare pink gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, grey linen dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1972
    Reference No: 1501
    Movement No: D103394
    Case No: 3'557'846
    Model Name: DateJust
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k pink gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, 180 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 34.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a reference 1501, please see Collecting Rolex Wristwatches by Oswaldo Patrizzi, page 178.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The DateJust was first introduced in the mid-1940s and is still in production over 60 years later. The Datejust has evolved alongside the trends of when it was being manufactured. The present watch is a rare variant and is fitted with a rare linen dial and pink graphics to match its 18k pink gold case and bracelet. The watch is further presented in very original and attractive condition.

  • 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. 1501
A fine and rare pink gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, grey linen dial and bracelet

勞力士,精細及罕有,18K紅金自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針、日曆顯示及灰色錶盤,“DateJust”,型號1501,約1972年製

Circa 1972
34.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$50,000 - 80,000 
€5,900-9,400
$6,200-10,000

sold for HK$106,250

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016