A fine and rare 14k yellow gold wristwatch with sweep center seconds, date and bracelet, made for the United Arab Emirates

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1983
    Reference No: 15037
    Movement No: 0'818'196
    Case No: 7'109'538
    Model Name: Oyster Perpetual Date
    Material: 14k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 3035, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 14k yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, 165 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 57
    Clasp/Buckle: 14k yellow gold Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped Rolex 7205
    Dimensions: 34.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex original sales tags.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex watches have long had the privilege of displaying emblems from the middle east, and this watch is no exception.

    The present watch was made on special order for the United Arab Emirates, and the watch features the emblem of the UAE military. These timepieces were presented as gifts to government officials, distinguished members of the military and state dignitaries. The present watch is further enhanced by the presence of its original sales tag.

    Even rarer still, this watch is cased in 14k gold which is usually reserved for the American market. The watch is further accompanied with its original factory sticker to the case back, attesting to its original 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. 15037
A fine and rare 14k yellow gold wristwatch with sweep center seconds, date and bracelet, made for the United Arab Emirates

勞力士,精細及罕有,14K黃金自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針及日曆顯示,“Oyster Perpetual Date”,型號15037,為阿拉伯聯合酋長國於1983年而製

1983
34.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$60,000 - 80,000 

sold for HK$118,750

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
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Specialist
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
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