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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1986
    Reference No: 16018, inside case back stamped 16000
    Movement No: 1'906'987
    Case No: 8'676'071
    Model Name: DateJust
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 3035, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex buckle stamped Rolex SA
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a reference 16018 DateJust, please see Rolex Collecting Vintage Wristwatches by Osvaldo Patrizzi, page 310.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex DateJust has been gaining popularity in recent years. Examples kept in pristine condition and with rare uncommon features are very popular among collectors who want to add such watches to their collection.

    The present watch is fitted with a highly unusual white lacquer dial. The graphics are in gold, perfectly matching the case and numerals have black enamel tops so that they can be seen against the white background. The case is in unpolished condition, and the bezel is exceptionally sharp as it should be. Of exceptional quality, this DateJust is bound for an important Rolex collection.

  • 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. 16018, inside case back stamped 16000
A very rare and unusual yellow gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and white lacquer dial

1986
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for HK$112,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am