Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2016
    Reference No: 86349SAFUBL
    Case No: 509Q7754
    Model Name: Datejust Pearlmaster
    Material: 18K white gold, diamonds and sapphires
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3235, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold and diamond-set Rolex bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold and diamond-set Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced first in the 1940s, the Rolex Datejust was the first self-winding wristwatch with a date function. Released only in yellow gold initially, the Datejust has witnessed a diverse range of iterations over the years. The stainless steel and two tone models were only released during the 1950s.

    Dazzling and impressive, the present Datejust Pearlmaster is an extremely rare and exquisite example of the exceptional craftsmanship and quality Rolex demands for these fascinating works of art. The brand’s watchmakers spend an enormous amount of time color matching each stone so the gradient color effects seen with the bezel’s sapphire stones is as precise as the timekeeping ability of the watch. The aesthetic is enhanced by the bezel set with blue and fuchsia sapphires that gives the watch a casual appeal, making it perfect for the office, a casual weekend outing, or a formal cocktail event.

  • 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. 86349SAFUBL
A highly rare and attractive multi gem-set sapphire and diamond-set wristwatch with date, bracelet and presentation box

Circa 2016
39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for CHF107,100

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022