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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1991
    Reference No: 68240
    Movement No: 1’739’171
    Case No: E585’099; inside caseback stamped "68000"
    Model Name: Datejust
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2135, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, endlinks stamped “587B”, max length 175mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped and “O9”
    Dimensions: 31mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex Watch USA Inc. guarantee stamped Tiffany & Co., instruction manual, product literature, Tiffany & Co. outer packaging and Tiffany & Co. fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Initially debuted in 1945, the Rolex Datejust was the world’s first self-winding wristwatch with a date function. Encased in the firm’s signature Oyster case, the Datejust was certainly more than just a touch of luxury but also seemingly a robust timepiece with waterproof capabilities. Today, the model remains as one of Rolex’s flagship models with various materials, sizes and dials featured over the years.

    The present example Rolex Datejust ref. 68240 from circa 1991 offered in outstanding condition is also featuring a dial that is double signed by the reputable New York retailer Tiffany& Co., elevating the rarity of the present timepiece to a heightened level.

  • 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. 68240
A lady’s fine, rare and well preserved stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box, retailed by Tiffany & Co.

Circa 1991
31mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$63,000 - 94,000 
€7,400-11,000
$8,100-12,100

Sold for HK$138,600

Contact Specialist

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022