A very rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, black lacquer dial and original expandable bracelet, made for Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1965
    Reference No: 6694
    Movement No: 519
    Case No: 1'258'144
    Model Name: Oysterdate
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 1215, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 185 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 60
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped 2.65
    Dimensions: 34 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    This very rare Oysterdate features the name of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in Arabic. Research suggests that this watch was made to commemorate the independence of Kuwait. Preserved in fantastic condition, the black lacquer dial is in excellent and intact condition with gilt graphics. The bracelet is furthermore stamped for the second quarter of 1965, confirming the bracelet is original to the watch.

  • 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. 6694
A very rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, black lacquer dial and original expandable bracelet, made for Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

勞力士,非常罕有,不銹鋼鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針、日曆顯示及黑色漆錶盤,“Oysterdate”,型號6694,為Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah於1965年而製

1965
34 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$60,000 - 90,000 

sold for HK$106,250

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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