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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1996
    Reference No: 14270
    Movement No: 4’691’876
    Case No: T152907
    Model Name: Explorer
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3000, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, stamped 78360, max length 195 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp, stamped 78360, V3
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee signed Tai Hing Watch Co., Hong Kong and dated November 3, 1996, green leather Rolex presentation box, two hang tags, International Service Guarantee dated July 14, 2017 and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 1016, released in 1963 was replaced in 1989 with the reference 14270. A more contemporary watch, the new Explorer featured an upgraded movement the caliber 3000, and while the case diameter remained the same at 36 mm diameter, the case was beefier. The dial has a modern edge with black glossy dial and white gold surrounds on the numerals. The present T series is an exceptional example of this model not only for its overall condition, but the very rare numeral combination with an inverted “6”. The 6 numeral is upside down compared to most models and therefore read ass a 3-9-9 model. An internet search finds few if any other examples with this dial. The watch is further presented with guarantee, presentation box and hang tags, and is a true collectors find.

  • 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. 14270
A rare stainless steel wristwatch with "inverted 6", center seconds, bracelet, guarantee, box and hang tags

Circa 1996
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for HK$168,750

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019