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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1986
    Reference No: 19168, inside case back stamped 19000
    Movement No: 0'096'743
    Case No: 9'188'228
    Model Name: Day-Date Oyster Quartz
    Material: 18k yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Quartz, 5055, 11 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold and diamond-set Rolex Oyster Quartz bracelet, 168 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Oyster Quartz was first introduced in 1977. The philosophy behind its introduction was essentially to cater to those who prefer the higher time keeping accuracy that the quartz regulations enable. These model feature a thinner case and bracelet with sharp modern angles matching the cutting edge technology within.

    The present example was the most valuable Oyster Quartz one could buy and is referred as the "Octopussy' by the market. The name derives from the bracelet where the diamond setting resembles the suction cups of an octopus's tentacles. In overall attractive and original condition, the watch dazzles with its brilliance.

  • 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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Ref. 19168, inside case back stamped 19000
A very rare and attractive yellow gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and diamond-set bracelet

Circa 1986
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$400,000 - 600,000 
€48,200-72,200
$50,000-75,000

Sold for HK$587,500

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