Rolex - The Watch Auction: One Geneva Saturday, May 9, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1943
    Reference No: 9287
    Case No: 236'362
    Material: Platinum and diamonds
    Calibre: Manual, 282
    Bracelet/Strap: Platinum and diamond set
    Clasp/Buckle: Concealed clasp
    Dimensions: 19mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed by the maker, dial further signed by the retailer
    Accessories: Rolex fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex, best known for its sports and water resistant Oyster models also made in very limited quantities fine and elegant jewelled watches. The present example is an outstanding bracelet watch cased in platinum and lavishly set with diamonds. In addition, the watch also bears the famous retailers signature Serpico y Laino, Rolex’s retailer in Caracas giving the present lot a double stamp of approval.Presented in extremely well preserved original condition, this bracelet watch encompasses everything the collector of vintage, lavishly set jewelled watches could ask for.

  • 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. 9287
A very rare and attractive platinum and diamond set bracelet watch with concealed dial, retailed by Serpico y Laino

19mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed by the maker, dial further signed by the retailer

CHF20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF47,500

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm