Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII Hong Kong Friday, November 24, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1985
    Reference No: 69118
    Movement No: 247’552
    Case No: 9’258’720
    Model Name: Datejust
    Material: 18K yellow gold and sapphire
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2135, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, endlinks stamped “68B”, max length 165mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex concealed folding clasp stamped “8570”
    Dimensions: 26mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Rolex guarantee, instruction manual, product literature, leather card holder, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    While the world of the Rolex Datejust is as diverse as it can get, the present ref. 69118 is possibly one of the most interesting references for the discerned lady collector. Measuring in at a petite 26mm diameter Oyster case, the appeal is certainly unique giving it almost a “toy-like” appearance. With that said, it is one of the most diverse references featuring a variety of metals, dials, gem-set examples as well as hardstone examples too.

    The present Rolex Datejust ref. 69118 from circa 1985 features an extravagant sapphire-set bezel with a rare and highly attractive pavé diamond-set dial. Bedazzled with 11 sapphire-set indexes around the hours, this Rolex Datejust is easily one of the most desirable variant from the family. Furthermore, the condition for this timepiece is absolutely stunning. Extremely well-preserved with a sharp case and crisp hallmarks, the original green factory sticker remains intact. Presented with its original guarantee, this chic timepiece is complete with its original set of accessories including the floral tapestry presentation box.

  • 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. 69118
A lady’s rare, well-preserved and attractive yellow gold sapphire-set wristwatch with center seconds, date, pavé diamond-set dial, sapphire-set indexes, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1985
26mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$100,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$304,800

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII

Hong Kong Auction 24-25 November 2023