A fine and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with sweep center seconds

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1960
    Reference No: 6018
    Movement No: N69’987
    Case No: 608’730
    Model Name: Oyster Perpetual “Bubbleback”
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex pin buckle
    Dimensions: 33mm diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement and buckle

  • Catalogue Essay

    Originally released in the 1950’s, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual reference 6018 belongs to the family of “Bubbleback” wristwatches due to its voluptuously bulged caseback. Furthermore, the reference earned its nickname “Bombay” due to the design of the lugs. The present example is fitted with a white dial with applied yellow gold luminous indexes and “Officially” in red.

    The present example is offered in excellent overall condition with a clean dial and very nice case proportions.

  • Maker Bio

    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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Ref. 6018
A fine and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with sweep center seconds

勞力士,「Oyster Perpetual」型號6018, 18K黃金自動上弦腕錶,備中心秒針,約1960年製

Circa 1960
33mm diameter
Dial, case, movement and buckle

Estimate
HK$35,000 - 55,000 
€4,000-6,300
$4,500-7,100

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
thomasperazzi@phillips.com
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019