A very attractive yellow gold wristwatch with black glossy dial and date

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1964
    Reference No: 1601
    Movement No: D98'314
    Case No: 1'072'097
    Model Name: Datejust
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1560, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold plated Rolex pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex Guarantee and COSC Certificate

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Datejust's story began in 1945, when Rolex produced reference 4467 to commemorate the manufacture's 40th anniversary. Featuring a coin-edge bezel and an aperture for the date, the model showcased a completely new bracelet design named the "Jubilee".

    While the Datejust has been reincarnated many times since its inception, Rolex has always retained the model's DNA with a reeded bezel and clean, geometric forms.

    The present watch, in excellent condition, is a particularly charismatic version of the famous Datejust. The glossy black dial cased in gold with gold indexes provides a visually enchanting contrast.

  • 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. 1601
A very attractive yellow gold wristwatch with black glossy dial and date

Circa 1964
35mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF6,000 - 9,000 
€5,500-8,300
$6,000-9,100

sold for CHF20,000

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East
+ 41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction X

Geneva Auction 9-10 November 2019