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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1980
    Reference No: 6917
    Movement No: 658'998
    Case No: 6'746'657
    Model Name: DateJust
    Material: 18k yellow gold, 18k white gold, emeralds, diamonds and enamel
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold and diamond-set Rolex bracelet, 160 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex concealed folding deployant clasp stamped Rolex SA, reference 8570
    Dimensions: 27 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    An extraordinary "octopus" DateJust, reference 6917, the present watch features many interesting attributes that render it an exceedingly rare example.

    The first is the green dégradé dial with gold graphics and diamond-set numerals. The second is the white gold bezel set with brilliant-cut diamonds with a single emerald at each quarter. Finally, the bracelet, referred to by collectors as the "octopus" because of its design, mimicking the tentacles of an octopus. Furthermore, each and every link is set with round-cut diamonds placed on either side of the centrally set baguette-cut diamonds.

    Of outstanding quality, the present watch is an exceptional DateJust that will mesmerize those who have a chance to marvel first hand at its beauty.

  • 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. 6917
A lady's fine and rare yellow gold, diamond and emerald-set wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, green enamel dégradé dial and diamond-set bracelet

Circa 1980
27 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for HK$350,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am