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

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1951
    Reference No: 5003
    Case No: 683'004
    Model Name: Oyster Perpetual "Super Precision"
    Material: 14k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Gilt Rolex buckle stamped Rolex SA
    Dimensions: 24 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex instruction manual and fitted presentation box.
    Literature: Reference 5003 is prominently illustrated in The Best of Time, Rolex Wristwatches by Dowling and Hess, page 298.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This lady's "bubble back" is offered in very original and crisp condition, still retaining its original box and manual. The dial is further signed "Super Precision" as the chronometer certification of this sized movement would not commence for another few years.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 5003
A rare yellow gold wristwatch with instruction manual and original fitted presentation box

Circa 1951
24 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$24,000 - 40,000 

Sold for HK$15,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am