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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1965
    Reference No: 1625
    Movement No: D723754
    Case No: 1'219'038
    Model Name: Thunderbird
    Material: 18k yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown Rolex reptile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex buckle
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another yellow gold reference 1625, please see Collecting Rolex Wristwatches by Osvaldo Patrizzi, page 276.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex Thunderbird reference 1625 is most commonly cased in steel or steel and gold combination. The model is hardly ever cased in yellow gold. This example is further highlighted with its diamond-set indexes and overall excellent condition.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Σ1092

Ref. 1625
A fine yellow gold and diamond-set wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and date

Circa 1965
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$70,000 - 100,000 
€8,400-12,000
$9,000-12,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR

Hong Kong Auction 30 May 2017