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

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2000s
    Reference No: 3612/8
    Case No: 4’325’448
    Model Name: Cellini
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 651, 18 jewels
    Dimensions: 34.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex pouch.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Appearing since the 1970s, coin watches were a popular yet a rare and quirky timepiece manufactured by various brands including Cartier, Corum, Piaget, Patek Philippe as well as Rolex. To create these wonderful time-telling coins, the “heads” and “tails” of a real coin is carefully cut and composed as the front and back of the case. An almost hidden button on the coined edge reveals an elegant miniature timepiece with an ultra-thin movement under this hinged gold cover. Boosting with nostalgic qualities, the present example is an absolute delight, and is certainly an unconventional way of time keeping in the 21st century.

  • 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 unusal yellow gold twenty dollar coin watch

Circa 2000s
34.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement signed

HK$90,000 - 150,000 

Sold for HK$176,400

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021