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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1984
    Reference No: 19049
    Movement No: 0’079’191
    Case No: 8’354’406, inside caseback stamped 19000
    Model Name: Oyster Quartz Day-Date
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Quartz, cal. 5055, 11 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Rolex bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex folding clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex OysterQuartz marked an important era for the firm as it displays the technical ingenuity of the firm during the horrific period of the quartz crisis in the 1970s and 1980s. Having developed their own in-house quartz cal. 5055, the functionality of the movement was similar to the self-winding caliber featured on regular Day-Dates from the period, cal. 1556. With a wide array of variations produced under the OysterQuartz lineup, the aim was to cater to the vibrant tastes of collectors from the period.

    The present example Rolex OysterQuartz Day-Date ref. 19049 from circa 1984 is an elegant and attractive example of the rare and desirable timepiece. Cased in white gold with a matching integrated bracelet and adorned with a diamond-set bezel paired tastefully with a silver sunburst dial, the combination is with no doubt classic.

  • 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. 19049
A fine and rare quartz white gold wristwatch with day, date, center seconds, diamond-set bezel and bracelet

Circa 1984
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$78,000 - 155,000 

Sold for HK$126,000

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021