Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2001
    Reference No: 168623
    Case No: K280’434
    Model Name: Yacht-Master
    Material: 18K yellow gold and stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2235, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold and stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 78753, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold and stainless steel Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Rolex Guarantee stamped The Hour Glass dated 8th August 2002, original invoice, instruction manual, product literature, 2001-2002 calendar card, green wallet, outer packaging and fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present Rolex Yacht-Master ref. 168623 is a perfect iteration of the famed reference initially designed for luxury yachting. Featuring a beautiful contrast between yellow gold and stainless steel, the case is fitted with a bi-directional rotating bezel in yellow gold. However, the dial is where the aura is transcended. The mother of pearl dial reminisces the ocean with a slight pinkish iridescence that would attract the most discerned lady seeking for a fantastic watch for the weekend. Furthermore, the dial features diamond and sapphire-set indexes, which further exemplifies its luxurious status.

  • 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. 168623
A fine and attractive two tone yellow gold and stainless steel wristwatch with sweep center seconds, date, “mother of pearl” dial, diamond and sapphire-set indexes, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2001
35mm Diameter
Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp

HK$31,000 - 62,000 

Sold for HK$43,750

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019