Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII Hong Kong Thursday, November 25, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1978
    Reference No: 16013
    Movement No: 0’126’722
    Case No: 5’690’889, inside cashback stamped “16000”
    Model Name: Datejust
    Material: 14k yellow gold and stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3035, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 14K yellow gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet, endlinks stamped “455”, max length 175mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped “C10”
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Alhambra Watch Co. LTD, Kowloon, Hong Kong stamped 26th January 1979, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    During the late 1970s, Rolex introduced the calibre 3035 movement with the Datejust reference 16000 series. The new generation of Datejust watches added the convenience of the quick-set date function. The present example of ref. 16013 features all the signature aesthetics of the Datejust line, with the fluted bezel, baton hour markers and the cyclops magnifying bubble over the date aperture, furthermore the dial displays a linen texture that gives the watch its own flare and personality. Offering the best of both worlds, the present two-tone ref. 16013 embodies just enough gold to offer a touch of luxury while keeping the right balance of steel to keep the casual look. Coupled with an excellent overall condition with its original guarantee, the timepiece is fitted with the equally stunning Jubilee bracelet that provides maximum comfort.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 16013
A fine and attractive two-tone stainless steel and yellow gold wristwatch with “linen dial”, date, center seconds, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1978
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for HK$56,700

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021