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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 1601
    Movement No: D693’964
    Case No: 2’525’313
    Model Name: Datejust “Wide Boy”
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, stamped “6251H”, endlinks stamped “55”, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “3.71”
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex introduced the Datejust model in 1945 to commemorate the brand’s 40th anniversary. The classic design was a breakthrough in watchmaking as it was the world’s first waterproof automatic wristwatch to incorporate a date disc and aperture at the 3’o clock position. The reference 1601 came in various metals with a fluted bezel in gold and was available with a steel, bicolor, or (white, yellow and rose gold) case and bracelet.

    Preserved in excellent condition from a Japanese collector, the present example has a unique factor that earned a famed title the “Wide Boy” among collectors. Rare and produced in a short production run in the early 70’s, the “Wide Boy” features unusual block-like wide set indexes and handset. Cased in stainless steel, this example is a classic Datejust model that never goes out of style, it features a recessed silver sunburst pie-pan dial, subtly encircled by sharp angled bezel shimmering in precious white-gold metal. The combination of different shines from the metals complements each other gracefully. The stunning looks of this example is further charmed with fully intact luminous plots that reacts vividly under UV light, its original factory sticker on the caseback, the signature Rolex Jubilee bracelet and fitted presentation box.

  • Maker 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 1601
A fine, attractive and well-preserved stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet and presentation box

勞力士,「Datejust, Wide Boy」型號1601,精鋼自動鏈帶腕錶,備中心秒針、日期顯示,約1970年製。附錶盒

Circa 1970
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$23,000 - 50,000 
€2,500-5,500
$2,900-6,400

Sold for HK$40,320

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020