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Rolex

Oysterquartz Day-Date, Ref. 19028 Yellow gold wristwatch with day, date and 'Pyramide' bezel and bracelet Circa 1987 | 勞力士19028型號「Oysterquartz Day-Date」黃金鍊帶腕錶備星期及日期顯示,年份約1987

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

12,000 - 18,000 CHF

Property of a European Royal Family

Rolex

Rolex

Oysterquartz Day-Date, Ref. 19028 Yellow gold wristwatch with day, date and 'Pyramide' bezel and bracelet Circa 1987 | 勞力士19028型號「Oysterquartz Day-Date」黃金鍊帶腕錶備星期及日期顯示,年份約1987

Oysterquartz Day-Date, Ref. 19028 Yellow gold wristwatch with day, date and 'Pyramide' bezel and bracelet Circa 1987 | 勞力士19028型號「Oysterquartz Day-Date」黃金鍊帶腕錶備星期及日期顯示,年份約1987

Estimate:

12,000 - 18,000 CHF

Lot sold:

23,940

CHF

Property of a European Royal Family

Rolex

Oysterquartz Day-Date, Ref. 19028

Yellow gold wristwatch with day, date and 'Pyramide' bezel and bracelet

Circa 1987

勞力士19028型號「Oysterquartz Day-Date」黃金鍊帶腕錶備星期及日期顯示,年份約1987


Dial: silvered

Calibre: cal. 5055 quartz, 11 jewels

Movement number: 0'021'329

Case: 18k yellow gold, screw-down back

Case number: 9'723'161

Closure: 18k yellow gold Rolex 'Pyramide' bracelet and folding clasp

Dimensions: 36 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 180 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: no

Papers: no  

Accessories: none

MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing and the date advancing.

CASE: in very good and attractive condition with sharp edges, crisp engravings and still retaining what appears to be the original factory sticker to the back. There is light wear visible with the naked eye throughout, including fine scratches and small dings to the bezel, band and back. The bracelet is in very good and attractive condition with some signs of wear and warping. The clasp is stamped '19028' and 'H'.

DIAL: in very good condition with minute surface marks visible when very closely examining the dial. The luminous plots are all present and have aged in a uniform way, showing an even reaction under UV light and fading right after exposure.


Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.


You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.


Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.


"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."

Lead by a succession of plummeting sales for most of the market players, the 1970s proved to be a tough period for the Swiss watchmaking industry as the quartz technology threatened the traditional way of delivering timekeeping. Following the use of the co-developed Beta 21 calibre in the elusive references 1530 and 1630, Rolex issued their own quartz calibre after 5 years of research and development. The Oysterquartz was therefore born in 1977, acting as the brand’s forefront soldier against the overwhelming implementation of the cheaper and more accurate quartz technology.


Rolex produced the quartz calibre 5035 for the Datejust and the quartz calibre 5055 for the Day-Date, both movements beautifully crafted and rivaling mechanical competitors in elegance and beauty. The two versions were produced until the early 2000s and since then, Rolex has not produced any other Oysterquartz models. 


The present example is a reference 19028 with rare and attractive 'Pyramide' bezel and bracelet, stemming from a European Royal family and retained in very attractive condition.