Lot 219
  • 219


20,000 - 30,000 CHF
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  • yellow gold
  • dimensions 40 x 39 mm thickness 13 mm bracelet circumference 175 mm
• cal. Beta 21 quartz movement, 13 jewels • champagne dial, applied baton indexes, luminescent dots and hands, outer minute and 1/5 second divisions, magnified aperture for date at 3 • 18k yellow gold tonneau shaped case, fluted bezel, snap-on case back • case, dial and movement signed • with tapered 18k yellow gold Rolex bracelet with folding buckle


Please note that the movement has not been checked for timekeeping accuracy and Sotheby's will not be held responsible for any repairs should they be require. The electronic movement is running, date is advancing. MVT N°7198. Dial in good condition, hands and dots are no longer luminous. The case and bracelet have been repolished and are in very good condition.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

Important Notice regarding importation into the United States of Rolex watches
Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."

Catalogue Note

Introduced in 1970, the reference 5100, was so popular that the first series was completely sold out.  Its design was completely revolutionary with its angular shape Oyster case. It was also the first Rolex to have a sapphire crystal and the quick date change mechanism. Designed to be made in very limited series, each Rolex Quartz is engraved with the limited edition number, the present one is No. 590 and was sold by the Rolex agent, Artland Watch Co. Ltd, Hong Kong, 19 May 1976.