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 2001
    Reference No: 118239
    Case No: K226’014
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Rolex President bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold concealed deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ever glamorous, the Day-Date model delights with its myriad of dial, bracelet, bezel and gold-finished designs. Since its inception in 1956, it remains one of the most surprising and diverse flagship models Rolex has ever produced. Apart from prototype models, the Day-Date has only been cased in precious metals, attesting to its glamor and prestige.

    The present specimen from circa 2001 delights collectors with its incredible blue shades of lapis lazuli, minimalistic with a dash of glamour two diamonds are set within the negative space within 6 and 9 o'clock, subtle and tasteful. The deep, blue hue with light flecks shimmer and compliment the white gold case perfectly. Preserved in excellent condition unpolished condition boasting a strong case and crisp hallmarks, this Day-Date will sure impress collectors with discerning taste.

  • 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. 118239
A highly rare and attractive white gold wristwatch with center seconds, day, date, lapis lazuli dial, diamond-set indexes and bracelet

Circa 2001
36mm diameter
Case, dial movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$160,000 - 250,000 
€18,700-29,300
$20,500-32,100

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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