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

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1945
    Reference No: 3065
    Movement No: 900'514
    Case No: 443'296
    Model Name: 'Bubble back'
    Material: 14k pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic
    Bracelet/Strap: Black leather strap
    Dimensions: 32 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Provenance: Property from An Important Collector
    Literature: For another example of reference 3065, however in pink gold and stainless steel with black dial, please see The Best of Time Rolex Wristwatches by James M. Dowling and Jeffery P. Hess, page 101.

  • Provenance

    Property from An Important Collector

  • Catalogue Essay

    This first generation hooded bubble back with smooth hoods, sweep centre seconds and California dial is a very appealing example. The original and unrestored dial features Roman numerals on the upper half and Arabic numerals on the lower part. The original blued steel Mercedes hands also luminous, perfectly matched the aging of the hour markers.

  • 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. 3065
A fine and very rare pink gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, hooded lugs and California dial

32 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$100,000 - 150,000 

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am