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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1975
    Reference No: 1500
    Movement No: D'112'184
    Case No: 4'171'072
    Model Name: Oyster Perpetual Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold plated Rolex buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated 12 October, 1979, product literature, wallet and presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Preserved in virtually "new old stock" condition, the present watch is an exceedingly well-preserved Oyster Perpetual with date. Displaying a black dial, it showcases incredibly crisp lugs and deep hallmarks. The layer of patina throughout shows how the watch has not been altered throughout its lifetime. As an even nicer touch, it is accompanied by its Rolex guarantee, product literature, wallet and presentation box. Interestingly, the caseback is engraved "Il Gran Premio Club Gold Costa Brava 1979", most likely to commemorate a special moment.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 1500
A rare and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with date, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1975
35mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF6,000 - 12,000 
€5,600-11,100
$6,500-13,100

Sold for CHF16,380

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020