Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: TWO Hong Kong Monday, May 30, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1951
    Reference No: 8382
    Movement No: 07'310
    Case No: 821'801
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 710, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown Rolex crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex buckle
    Dimensions: 37 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    During the 1940s and 1950s, Rolex made enamel dials for their most esteemed clients. The present example, fitted with a deep sapphire blue enamel dial, has a translucent and rich color that Rolex is most famous for. Adorned with hand engraved pearls on the outer track, the dial furthermore features gilt graphics, which is a favorite among Rolex enthusiasts.

    The present lot is an exceedingly rare example in outstanding original condition. The case diameter is a massive 37 mm. and the case is also very reminiscent of the famous Patek Philippe 565, manufactured at the same time. This watch made its auction debut in 1989 and has not been seen since.

  • 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. 8382
An exceptional, large and very rare pink gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and blue enamel dial

37 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$400,000 - 600,000 

Sold for HK$1,900,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: TWO

Hong Kong Auction 31 May 2016