Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV Hong Kong Friday, May 27, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Description

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1992
    Reference No: 16570
    Movement No: 6’281’298
    Case No: N’230’759
    Model Name: Explorer II
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3185, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped "78360", endlinks stamped "501,B", max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped "R4"
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex Japan guarantee dated 17th May 1993, hang tag, product literature, card holder, instruction manual, passport holder, 1992-1993 calendar, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex unveiled an updated version of the Explorer II in 1989. The reference 16570 was initially upgraded with the new caliber 3185, such as the present example, and subsequent examples would house the upgraded caliber 3186.

    The present Explorer II is a particularly imposing example with its beautifully aged dial, which has metamorphosed into an ivory-colored tonality — flawlessly exemplified by the present example. An early example of the reference, it is furthermore offered with all the original Japanese accessories.

  • 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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Ref. 16570
An attractive and rare stainless steel dual-time wristwatch with ‘ivory’ dial, 24-hours indicator, center seconds, date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1992
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$62,000 - 95,000 
€7,300-11,100
$7,900-12,200

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022