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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2019
    Reference No: 86349SAFUBL
    Case No: 8L08P361
    Model Name: Datejust Pearlmaster
    Material: 18K white gold, diamond and sapphire
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3235
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Rolex Pearlmaster link bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex concealed deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex International Guarantee dated May 29, 2019, signed by Asprey London, green leather presentation box, hang tags, leather folder, polish cloth and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    From its inception, Rolex has been associated with high quality, accurate, and robust watches that were manufactured to perform in extreme environments from the oceans’ depths, to the top of the highest mountains. Each model has become an icon within the lexicon of horology, and while many models were first designed as “tool watches” for a specific use, today they are treasured timepieces. In addition to “tool watches”, the brand also created wristwatches that are just as iconic, but meant for casual, every day. The Datejust is one of Rolex’s most beloved models – and the brand’s model with the longest production run, first introduced in 1945 to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The watch had a classic aesthetic with a revolutionary date aperture at 3 o’clock that would serve as a foundation for the vast majority of watches Rolex would subsequently introduce. Similar to all of their other models, the Datejust continuously evolved and was modified over the decades to meet changing social norms and desires. Precious stones, first added to the Day-Date during the 1950s, would be added to more models beginning in the 1980s meeting new demand from clients around the world. Today, Rolex offers, in limited quantities, gem-set versions of the Daytona, Submariner, GMT-Master, and the Datejust.

    The present Datejust Pearlmaster is an extremely rare and lovely example of the exceptional craftsmanship and quality Rolex demands for these fascinating works of art. The brand’s watchmakers spend an enormous amount of time color matching each stone so the gradient color effects seen with the bezel’s sapphire stones is as precise as the timekeeping ability of the watch. Fitted with a pavé diamond-set dial, the aesthetic is enhanced by the bezel set with blue and fuchsia sapphires that gives the watch a casual appeal, making it perfect for the office, a casual weekend outing, or a formal cocktail event.

    The present example is offered in absolutely unworn, “new old stock” condition, still retaining its factory plastic covering. Retailed by the prestigious London retailer, Asprey, the watch is complete with guarantee and presentation box, and displays an incredible charisma and character that will please any Rolex aficionado.

  • Artist Biography

    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. 86349SAFUBL
A rare and exceptional white gold and gem-set wristwatch with date and bracelet, accompanied with International Guarantee and presentation box, retailed by Asprey London

Circa 2019
39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
$40,000 - 80,000 
CHF36,000-72,000
€33,700-67,400
HK$310,000-620,000

Sold for $98,280

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Paul Boutros
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Senior Vice President
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New York Auction 12 December 2020