Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2005
    Reference No: 114270
    Case No: F436'497
    Model Name: Explorer
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3130, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped "CL3"
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Rolex punched Guarantee dated 2005, numbered sales tag, product literature, document holder and fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    In production from 2001 to 2010, ref. 114270 is a modern interpretation of one of the most celebrated Rolex models: the Explorer. It is most striking how this modern edition stays close to the vintage iterations: the 36mm diameter is not excessive, allowing for a very comfortable wearing experience. The dial as well reprises the gloss black look of old school Rolex timepieces, maintaining the trademark Arabic 3-6-9 numerals but updated to a larger, more modern font which allows for improved readability.

    The present watch is offered in mint condition, retaining its original factory sticker and all of its original sale kit, down to the numbered sale tag.

  • 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. 114270
A fine stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep center seconds, bracelet, guarantee and box

Circa 2005
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$23,500 - 39,000 

Sold for HK$56,250

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019