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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1997
    Reference No: 68246
    Case No: U342000
    Model Name: DateJust
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, 2135, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Platinum Rolex President bracelet, 155 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 30 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    This mid-size reference 68246 DateJust, cased in platinum, is very elegant and subtle. The watch is further enhanced with applied Roman numerals and smooth bezel, giving it a very classic look.

  • Maker 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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Property of a Prominent Asian Collector

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Ref. 68246
A fine platinum mid-size wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and bracelet

勞力士,精細,鉑金自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針及日曆顯示,“DateJust”,型號68246,約1997年製

Circa 1997
30 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$60,000 - 80,000 
€7,200-9,600
$7,500-10,000

Sold for HK$81,250

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