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

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1967
    Reference No: 2780
    Case No: 1'787'467
    Model Name: Rolex Precision
    Material: Platinum, diamonds and sapphires
    Calibre: Manual, 1400
    Bracelet/Strap: Sapphire, diamond and platinum link bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: Sapphire set concealed clasp
    Dimensions: 33mm Diameter 150mm. Total Length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Rolex fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch is one of the firm’s most lavish creations of all time with its incredibly unusual and elegant manta ray shape. Manufactured in platinum, the case and the bracelet are set with different sizes diamonds and sapphires. One can only imagine that it must have retailed for 10 or 20 times that of a steel sports watch. Preserved in beautiful, like new condition accompanied by its original box, one can see that Rolex is also a master of beautifully crafted lady’s watches.

  • 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. 2780
An extremely rare and important lady’s platinum bracelet watch set with diamonds and sapphires and with concealed dial

33mm Diameter 150mm. Total Length
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF125,000

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm