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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1984
    Reference No: 16013
    Movement No: 1'214'485
    Case No: 8'577'565
    Model Name: Datejust
    Material: Stainless steel and 18K gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3035, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel and 18K gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet stamped "455" to the endlinks, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped "I11" and 62523H.18"
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present 1980s Datejust represents a whimsical take on possibly the most classic of Rolex watches. The two-tone case already interprets perfectly the style of the time, and the addition of the lapis lazuli dial with two playful and understated diamonds set inside the numerals at 6 and 9 adds further flair to this very attractive creation.

    While very attractive, stone dials tend to crack over time if not properly cared for. In this case, however, the dial is flawlessly preserved. Coupled with the remarkably well-preserved case, it makes this watch an irresistible opportunity for the collector of striking, unusual and rare timepieces.

  • 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. 16013
A fine and attractive stainless steel and yellow gold automatic wristwatch with center seconds, date, lapis lazuli and diamond-set dial and bracelet

Circa 1984
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF5,000 - 8,000 

Sold for CHF18,900

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Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724



The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021