A fine and rare yellow gold and stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and bracelet, made for the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1983
    Reference No: 16253
    Movement No: 0'984'125
    Case No: 7'490'117
    Model Name: DateJust
    Material: 18k yellow gold and stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 3035, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold and stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, 165 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 455
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    This 'Turn-O-Graph' DateJust is fitted with a dial featuring the crest of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. To date, only a handful of watches fitted with this dial have appeared at auction, most of which are cased in stainless steel only.

  • 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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Rolex

Ref. 16253
A fine and rare yellow gold and stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and bracelet, made for the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

勞力士,精細及罕有,18K黃金及不銹鋼,自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針及日曆顯示,“DateJust”,型號16253,為阿拉伯聯合酋長國空軍於1983年而製

1983
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$40,000 - 60,000 

sold for HK$62,500

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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