Rolex - Glamorous Day-Date Geneva Friday, May 8, 2015 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1987
    Reference No: 19168
    Case No: 8'685'936
    Model Name: Day-Date OysterQuartz
    Material: 18k yellow gold, diamond and rubies
    Calibre: Quartz, 5055
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex OysterQuartz
    Clasp/Buckle: Concelaed deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm. Diameter
    Signed: Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

    Accessories: None

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Rolex is not in the watch business, we are in the luxury business”. This famous quote of André J. Heiniger, Rolex SA President from 1963 to 1992 and successor of Hans Wilsdorf, is properly exemplified by the present yellow gold Oysterquartz Day-Date realised in 1987. This gorgeous piece is preciously adorned with a baguette-cut ruby set bezel and fitted with a bracelet embellished with externally placed round cut diamonds and rubies set on the centre links. The dazzling ensemble is so sumptuous as to represent the utmost desire.

    The champagne dial incorporates the Oysterquartz writing centrally placed between the Rolex and Day-Date scripts. Furthermore, it exhibits round cut diamond hour markers.

    The Day-Date Oysterquartz model was released in 1977. It fits a sapphire crystal and is powered by an electromechanical quartz movement calibre 5055, featuring 11 rubies. The reference number is internally engraved on the watchcase under one of the lugs, due to the integrated bracelet that prevents the traditional placement.

  • Artist Biography


    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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Ref. 19168
A very rare and highly attractive yellow gold, diamond and ruby-set quartz calendar stone set bracelet watch with centre seconds and champagne dial

37mm. Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

CHF35,000 - 70,000 

Sold for CHF110,000

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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm