Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: TWO Hong Kong Monday, May 30, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1966
    Reference No: 1600
    Movement No: D27638
    Case No: 1'387'539
    Model Name: DateJust
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 1560, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k pink gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, 175 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 76
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a reference 1600 DateJust, please see Rolex Collecting Vintage Wristwatches by Osvaldo Patrizzi, pages 298 and 299.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 1600 was in production from 1960 to 1976. The present reference 1600 wristwatch encased in pink gold is fitted with a black lacquer T-Swiss-T dial. The watch is further enriched with silver graphics and applied pink gold hour markers perfectly matching the watch.

    The watch is in very good overall condition with strong case definition. The dial itself is beautifully rich and is exactly how a black lacquer dial should be.

  • 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. 1600
A fine and very rare pink gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, black lacquer dial and bracelet

36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for HK$162,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: TWO

Hong Kong Auction 31 May 2016