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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1970
    Reference No: 1019
    Movement No: M210301
    Case No: 1'916'221
    Model Name: Milgauss
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1580, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 190 mm. maximum length, end links stamped 58
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped 3.69
    Dimensions: 37.5 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For a similar example of a reference 1019 however with a black dial, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 183.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Constructed to resist high magnetic fields, the reference 1019 is the second type of the Rolex Milgauss after references 6541 and 6543.

    This reference 1019 with silvered dial is distinguished by its unpolished case with sharp beveled edges to the lugs, factory finishes and sharp angles to the smooth polished bezel.

    Understated yet extremely elegant, 1019s in this condition are great investments but also provide enormous pleasure to their wearers.

  • 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. 1019
A rare and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with bracelet

1970
37.5 mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$130,000 - 180,000 

Sold for HK$175,000

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