Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE Hong Kong Monday, November 30, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1957
    Reference No: 6605
    Movement No: N701446
    Case No: 309'087
    Model Name: DateJust
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 1065, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k pink gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet, 195 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped Rolex 1.57
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a reference 6605, please see Rolex Collecting Modern and Vintage Wristwatches Vol. I by Osvaldo Patrizzi, page 290.

  • Catalogue Essay

    There are many appealing attributes about this early DateJust from 1957. The first is the beautiful galvanic black lacquer "Swiss" dial with pink graphics and applied pink gold spade shaped hour markers. The second eye catching quality is the original pink gold Jubilee stamped for the first half of 1957.

    Overall in original condition, this DateJust is a fine watch indeed.

  • 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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Ref. 6605
A fine and rare pink gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, black lacquer dial and bracelet

36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$130,000 - 250,000 

Sold for HK$187,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am