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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1992
    Reference No: 69298
    Movement No: 3665133
    Case No: X'575'678
    Model Name: Pearlmaster Datejust
    Material: 18K yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2135, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold and diamond-set bracelet, max length 160mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold and diamond-set deployant clasp stamped "74908"
    Dimensions: 29mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee service card stamped 22nd March 2018, service papers, service invoice and pouch.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1926, Rolex created the world's first waterproof wristwatch named “Oyster”. A symbol of robustness and elegance echoing the marine circle of life, Rolex took it up another notch and launched in 1992 the Pearlmaster Datejust.

    As refined as a natural pearl, the present 29mm wristwatch displays an irresistible iridescent mother of pearl dial with a date aperture at 3 o’clock and ten brilliant-cut diamonds marking the hours. Using the most luxurious materials, the 18K yellow gold bracelet and bezel are carefully decorated with a myriad of diamonds elevating the watch to a Masterpiece. At the pinnacle of both watchmaking’s and gem-setting’s mastery, the Pearlmaster collection represented some of the most expensive timepieces of the time in Rolex’s portfolio.

    Robust and hefty on the wrist thanks to its full 18K yellow gold case and bracelet, yet refined and feminine, the present Pearlmaster Datejust would be a beautiful accessory to any lady who wishes to bring some sunshine and sea breeze’s freshness to her collection; a must-have for your holiday on a yacht or on a long chair by a pool.

    Coming from the family of the original owner, the present timepiece is preserved in excellent condition still bearing its service stickers and is accompanied by its Rolex guarantee service card, service papers, service invoice and pouch.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 69298
A rare and exceptional yellow gold and diamond-set wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet, and service guarantee

Circa 1992
29mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

CHF20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF40,320

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

The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021