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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2001
    Reference No: 79138
    Movement No: 0'484'606
    Case No: P900162
    Model Name: DateJust
    Material: 18k yellow gold, diamonds and lapis lazuli
    Calibre: Automatic, 2235, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, 156 mm. maximum length, end links stamped 68B
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex concealed folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 26 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Guarantee dated 27 September 2001, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    DateJusts have been manufactured in all types. This DateJust is an extremely rare variant as it is fitted with a hard stone Lapis Lazuli dial that is finished with gold graphics, and gold frame around the date. The bezel, set with brilliant-cut diamonds, is perfectly contrasting with the rich blueness of the dial. The overall condition is extremely good with hardly any signs of wear, and the watch is highlighted even further with the presence of all its original accessories.

  • 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. 79138
A lady's very rare yellow gold and diamond-set wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, lapis lazuli hardstone dial and bracelet

2001
26 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$62,000 - 100,000 

Sold for HK$75,000

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