Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2000
    Reference No: 16234
    Movement No: 38'533'189
    Case No: P239421
    Model Name: Datejust
    Material: Stainless steel, 18K white gold and sodalite
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated June 17, 2000, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present example Rolex Datejust reference 16234 in stainless steel with an 18K white gold bezel is a very impressive example. Displaying a crisp case with razor sharp edges and a beautifully well-preserved bracelet, the watch most notably has a mesmerizing blue sodalite dial with diamond-set indexes. Most sodalite examples today have fissures on the dial due to its delicate nature, however this example is intact and smooth throughout and without defaults. Rolex is particularly imaginative and innovative in its use of hard stone, and the present timepiece is no exception.

    Preserved in excellent condition and accompanied by its full set of accessories, the present timepiece is simply a delight to acquire.

  • 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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Ref. 16234
An impressively well-preserved and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, sodalite dial, date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2000
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 
€8,200-12,400
$8,000-12,000

Sold for CHF20,160

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East
+41 22 317 81 81
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Tiffany To
Head of Sale, Geneva
+41 22 317 96 63
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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022