A rare stainless steel and white gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and 'tropical' lacquer dial

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1965
    Reference No: 1601
    Movement No: D26523
    Case No: 1'256'716
    Model Name: DateJust
    Material: 18k white gold and stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1560, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: White and brown crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex buckle
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For more examples of reference 1601 however cased in white and yellow gold, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 161.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present example is a very unusual DateJust as it is fitted with a smooth bezel. The dial has furthermore aged to an attractive rich brown 'tropical' color, which contrasts with the raised baton markers and gilt graphics. The lumes have also aged to a very warm orange tone, giving the present watch a lot of character. The watch is fitted with a white gold bezel.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 1601
A rare stainless steel and white gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and 'tropical' lacquer dial

勞力士,罕有,不銹鋼自動上弦腕錶,配中心秒針、日曆顯示及棕色漆錶盤,“DateJust”,型號1601,1965年製

1965
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$40,000 - 60,000 

sold for HK$50,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

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