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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2001
    Reference No: 16234
    Movement No: 9’215’700
    Case No: K437’502
    Model Name: Datejust
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, endlinks stamped "555B", max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped "DE11"
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Chong Mei Watch Co., dated 18th February 2002, instruction manual, 2001 – 2002 calendar card, hang tag, green card holder, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced by Rolex in 1988, the Datejust ref. 16234 features the firm’s upgraded cal. 3135. Another notable implementation is the sapphire crystal replacing Plexiglas used in older models. While the Rolex Datejust has always been a fan favorite, it is in recent times that collectors have witnessed a surge in demand for them, especially examples with interesting dials.

    The present example Rolex Datejust ref. 16234 fitted with a white gold fluted bezel from circa 2001 features a desirable and rare blue sodalite dial. While sodalite is a material that has been featured and utilized in other models by Rolex, every single hardstone dial requires tentative procedures to execute as every single stone is unique. The present lot is offered in excellent overall condition and is complete with its original guarantee and presentation box.

  • Artist Biography

    Rolex

    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. 16234
A fine and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, date, blue sodalite dial, white gold bezel, diamond-set indexes, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2001
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$62,000 - 94,000 
€6,900-10,400
$7,900-12,100

Sold for HK$119,700

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021