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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1983
    Reference No: 16013
    Case No: 8’035’149
    Model Name: Datejust
    Material: Stainless steel and 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3035, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel and 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster Jubilee bracelet, endlinks stamped 455, max length 190 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster Jubilee deployant clasp, stamped H12 and 62523.18
    Dimensions: 36 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, bracelet and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with blank warranty punched with matching case number, Rolex green leather fitted presentation box, calendar for 1984, original Rolex green hang tag and product literature

  • Catalogue Essay

    For decades, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust has always been the modern archetype of the classic men’s wristwatch. Created upon a special order from Abu Dhabi in the early 1980s, this present example of Rolex Datejust was part of a small request of exclusive timepieces. On the beautiful gilded dial, the crest of Abu Dhabi can be clearly observed above 6 o’clock. Recipients of this type of watch were usually given in recognition of services rendered or honors.

  • 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. 16013
A fine and rare two-tone stainless steel and yellow gold wristwatch with date, sweep center seconds, bracelet, warranty and presentation box, dial with emblem of Abu Dhabi

Circa 1983
36 mm diameter
Case, dial, bracelet and movement signed

Estimate
HK$45,000 - 65,000 
€5,000-7,200
$5,800-8,300

Sold for HK$68,750

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018