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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1986
    Reference No: 19048
    Movement No: 0’120’397
    Case No: 9’166’535
    Model Name: Oysterquartz Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Quartz, cal. 5055, 11 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex concealed folding clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Rolex guarantee stamped Spinzar Saat Chaman and Rolex Japan service guarantee dated 7th February 2014.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Mostly known for their robust mechanical professional tool watches, Rolex has produced quartz movements over the decades. While most would think that the shift in direction to manufacture quartz watches started in the 1970s, Rolex was a step ahead of other Swiss manufacturers with their first quartz patent granted in the early 1950s. The early 1970s, witnessed a pivotal moment for the industry as it saw the birth of one of the most important quartz movements ever produced developed cohesively with other prominent manufacturers, the Beta 21.

    After five years of research and design, Rolex introduced their own in-house quartz caliber via the cal. 5035 and cal. 5055 for their Oysterquartz Datejust and Day-Date in 1977. The marriage between the firm’s iconic models with their newly innovated quartz movement was inevitable. With a completely new Oyster case differing from its mechanical counterparts, the ref. 19048 was made available with various dial variations and materials.

    The present Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date ref. 19048 from circa 1986 features an attractive dial with diamond-set outer track contrasted with grey applied baton indexes. Offered in excellent overall condition this rare example will surely please the passionate community of vintage Rolex Day-Date collectors.

  • 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. 19048
A very fine, interesting and rare yellow gold and diamond-set quartz wristwatch with center seconds, day, date, bracelet and guarantee

Circa 1986
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$62,000 - 93,000 

Sold for HK$170,100

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021