Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN Hong Kong Monday, November 26, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1978
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D189’875
    Case No: 5’875’939
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold-plated steel buckle
    Dimensions: 39.5 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Instantly recognizable and eternally iconic, the Rolex reference 1675 has always been highly popular and coveted amongst vintage Rolex collectors. Fitted with a beautiful 18K yellow gold case, the present watch is a particularly majestic iteration of the 1675 series.

    Likely the most attention-grabbing feature of the timepiece, the beautiful dial has aged delicately into a fine hue of brownish purple, amply presenting the unique personality of the watch. The rotatable bezel has a matching color, further accentuating the one-of-a-kind grandeur of the timepiece.

    Ten important letters elevate the desirability and collectability of the watch: the name of the prominent retailer “Tiffany & Co.” is inscribed in gold right above the model name, making the present lot incredibly rare.

    Highly collectable, the doubled signed dial is a very rare configuration in the secondary market. The present lot offers an exclusive chance for watch enthusiasts to own a double-signed masterpiece.

  • 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. 1675
A very rare and fine yellow gold dual time wristwatch with "nipple dial", date and sweep center seconds, retailed by Tiffany & Co.

Circa 1978
39.5 mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$234,000 - 390,000 

Sold for HK$450,000

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018