Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X Hong Kong Friday, July 10, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1935
    Reference No: 2728, inside caseback stamped “25 World Records”
    Case No: 026’573
    Model Name: “La Girouette”
    Material: Stainless steel and crocodile leather
    Calibre: Manual, 15 jewels
    Dimensions: 24mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in the 1930’s, the present example embossed in crocodile leather pivoting on a round ball bearing secured in a socket is the Rolex ref. 2728 nicknamed “La Girouette”, a pocket watch that can be transformed into a standing table clock.

    Fitted on a leathered triangular outer case, the hinged stainless steel case can be flipped to protect the Plexiglas when travelling.

  • 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. 2728, inside caseback stamped “25 World Records”
A fine and rare stainless steel and leather embossed reversible table and pocket watch with small seconds

Circa 1935
24mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for HK$30,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X

Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020