A fine and rare mid-size yellow gold and diamond-set wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, lapis lazuli dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1990
    Reference No: 68288
    Movement No: 1'883'217
    Case No: E570866
    Model Name: DateJust
    Material: 18k yellow gold, diamonds and lapis lazuli
    Calibre: Automatic, 2135, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, 170 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 88B
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex concealed folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 30 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex International Service Guarantee dated 20 June 2007 and 17 December 2014, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This mid-size reference 68288 wristwatch is fitted with a lapis lazuli dial and gold graphics, further enhanced with diamond-set numerals set within its gold chatons. The bezel is beautifully adorned with diamonds, perfectly contrasting with the blueness of the dial. The watch is preserved in very appealing overall condition.

  • 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. 68288
A fine and rare mid-size yellow gold and diamond-set wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, lapis lazuli dial and bracelet

勞力士,精細及罕有,18K黃金鑲鑽石,自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針、日曆顯示及青金石錶盤,“DateJust”,型號68288,約1990年製

Circa 1990
30 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 200,000 

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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