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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1984
    Reference No: 16018, case back stamped "16000" to the inside
    Case No: 8'522'898
    Model Name: Datejust
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3035, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Jubliee bracelet stamped "49" to the endlinks, maximum length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex concealed deployant clasp stamped "8386" and "G"
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed by maker, dial further signed by retailer

  • Catalogue Essay

    Arguably few retailers - if any - command more attention than Tiffany & Co. when their name appears on the dial of timepieces. Originally established in 1837 in Brooklyn, Connecticut, the firm soon abandoned the original definition of “stationary and fancy goods emporium” and focused on jewellery. The company has very longstanding ties with the most important watch brands, and it occasionally co-signs dials, dramatically increasing the appeal and collectability of the watch.

    Such is the case for this example reference 16018, where the hallowed name is present above the COSC certification. Further increasing the attractiveness of the piece, in this instance the Tiffany signature adds balance to the overall design, as it adds a third line of text to the lower half of the dial, matching the three lines of text “Rolex / Oyster Perpetual / Datejust” present at 12 o’ clock.

    The overall condition of the piece adds a final layer of appeal to this wristwatch: the sharpness of the ribbed bezel is fully matched by the condition of the case back engraving and hallmarks, and the dial as well is remarkably well-preserved. A most appealing detail is given by the luminous material, which has aged to a very intense, even and attractive vanilla hue.

  • Artist Biography


    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. 16018, case back stamped "16000" to the inside
A fine and very rare yellow gold automatic wristwatch with center seconds, date and bracelet. Retailed by Tiffany & Co.

Circa 1984
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed by maker, dial further signed by retailer

HK$100,000 - 130,000 

Sold for HK$100,000

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