Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1977
    Reference No: 1601
    Movement No: D883804
    Case No: 5'205'961
    Model Name: Datejust
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet stamped "49" to the endlinks, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp stamped "C"
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Rolex fitted presentation box and product literature

  • Catalogue Essay

    Few other wristwatch models - by any brand - have enjoyed the same level of experimentation and eclecticism as the Datejust/Day-date. True canvases onto which Rolex imagination runs unbridled, the dial variations one can find on these models are truly mind-blowing: from guillochè dials, to lacquered ones (Stella), passing by gem-set examples and hardstone ones. Arguably, one of the most aesthetically pleasing iterations is the one exemplified by the present timepiece with Malachite dial, the green and gold combination being absolutely stunning. The rarity of this configuration fully matches its appeal, with only few examples having appeared on the market.

    The present specimen not only is preserved in superb condition, but furthermore features a Malachite dial with straight striping. Malachite can feature more or less wavy patterns: the straighter the pattern the more appealing the object. In this case, the stripes are nearly perfectly straight, aligned horizontally with the designations of the dial, highlighting the incredible attention to detail the Crown House has always reserved to its timepieces.

  • 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. 1601
A supremely rare and attractive yellow gold automatic wristwatch with center seconds, date, malachite dial, bracelet and box

Circa 1977
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$120,000 - 195,000 

Sold for HK$312,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019