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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1980
    Reference No: 16014
    Movement No: 0’508’642
    Case No: 6’533’991, inside caseback stamped 16000
    Model Name: Datejust
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3035, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, endlinks stamped “555”, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “D”
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by two hang tags, product literature and green passport holder.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released in 1977, the Rolex Datejust ref. 16014 features a stainless steel case with a fluted white gold bezel. Powered by the new cal. 3035, the movement was the first to be implemented with a highly practical quickset date function. Discontinued in 1988, the ref. 16000 series was the fourth Datejust reference since its launch in the 1940s.

    The present example Rolex Datejust ref. 16014 featuring a silvered dial with baton indexes is certainly a classic. Boasting an unpolished case with its original caseback sticker intact, this present timepiece is a perfect specimen of the short-lived reference.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 16014
A fine, attractive and well-preserved stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, date, white gold bezel and bracelet

Circa 1980
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$16,000 - 32,000 
€1,700-3,400
$2,100-4,100

Sold for HK$44,100

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021