Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI Hong Kong Saturday, November 28, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2010
    Reference No: 3612/8
    Case No: D793’224
    Model Name: Cellini
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 651, 18 jewels
    Dimensions: 34.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated 22nd April 2010 stamped Suzuran Maebashi Department Store, Japan, instruction manual, product literature, green suede pouch, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Extremely rare and unusual, coin watches were appearing in the market during the 1970s, with various manufacturers including Cartier, Corum, Piaget, Patek Philippe, Rolex and others producing them. The manufacturers utilized real coins to compose the front and back of the case with a pusher on the side to pop open the case revealing a beautiful and hidden watch inside.

    Rolex coin watches are very rare and do not appear in the market often. The present example ref. 3612/8 Cellini modelled coin watch is presented in excellent overall condition and accompanied by the full set of accessories.

  • 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. 3612/8
A fine and unusual yellow gold twenty dollar coin watch with guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2010
34.5mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$78,000 - 120,000 

Sold for HK$94,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020