A fine and very rare yellow gold calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, original bracelet and guarantee

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1986
    Reference No: 19028
    Case No: 9'180'348
    Model Name: OysterQuartz Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Quartz, 5055, 11 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex bracelet with 'Pyramide' center links, 180 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex concealed folding deployant clasp stamped Rolex 19028
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Attestation de Chronomètre Officiel dated 22 August 1988 and service centre receipt dated 11 September 2015.
    Literature: For another example of a reference 19028 however fitted with a wood dial, please see Day-Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, page 438.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Rolex channeled their resources in creating their very own in-house quartz movements, one of them being the calibre 5055. Known as the 'OysterQuartz', this calibre functioned similarly and accurately as any automatic Day-Date movement, such as the 1556.

    This particular OysterQuartz is an outstanding example due to a number of reasons. Firstly, the watch features a 'Decor Pyramide' bezel which is very rare. The 'Pyramide' motif is repeated on the centre links of the bracelet, and again evoked through the watch numerals. Secondly, the watch is presented to us in brand new condition. It has never been polished, and retains all original factory finishes, including the clasp which is stamped 19028 and is original to the watch. The watch dial has been kept in impeccable condition, with all luminous intact and perfectly round. Finally, the present watch is accompanied with its original guarantee.

  • 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. 19028
A fine and very rare yellow gold calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, original bracelet and guarantee

勞力士,精細及非常罕有,18K黃金石英鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針、星期及日曆顯示,“OysterQuartz Day-Date”,型號19028,附證書,1986年製

1986
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$60,000 - 80,000 

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
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Specialist
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Jill Chen
Specialist
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