A rare yellow gold wristwatch with date and unusual dial

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1987
    Reference No: 16018, stamped 16000 inside the case back
    Case No: R730'059
    Model Name: Datejust
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 3055
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold plated, signed Rolex
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present example is a highly unusual watch thanks to its dial finished in a grained silvery surface and especially to its round faceted hour markers and elongated roman numerals.
    Preserved in an extraordinary condition, this watch is a wonderful value for those who wish to wear a collector’s watch every day.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    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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Rolex

Ref. 16018, stamped 16000 inside the case back
A rare yellow gold wristwatch with date and unusual dial

1987
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF3,000 - 5,000 

sold for CHF9,375

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