View full screen - View 1 of Lot 428. 'The Texan' Quartz, Ref. 5100 BETA 21 Yellow gold wristwatch with date and bracelet Circa 1970 | 勞力士 5100 BETA 21型號「'The Texan' Quartz」黃金鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示,年份約1970.
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Rolex

'The Texan' Quartz, Ref. 5100 BETA 21 Yellow gold wristwatch with date and bracelet Circa 1970 | 勞力士 5100 BETA 21型號「'The Texan' Quartz」黃金鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示,年份約1970

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

12,000

to
- 18,000 CHF

Rolex

Rolex

'The Texan' Quartz, Ref. 5100 BETA 21 Yellow gold wristwatch with date and bracelet Circa 1970 | 勞力士 5100 BETA 21型號「'The Texan' Quartz」黃金鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示,年份約1970

'The Texan' Quartz, Ref. 5100 BETA 21 Yellow gold wristwatch with date and bracelet Circa 1970 | 勞力士 5100 BETA 21型號「'The Texan' Quartz」黃金鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示,年份約1970

Estimate:

12,000

to
- 18,000 CHF

Lot sold:

15,120

CHF

Rolex

'The Texan' Quartz, Ref. 5100 BETA 21

Yellow gold wristwatch with date and bracelet

Circa 1970

勞力士 5100 BETA 21型號「'The Texan' Quartz」黃金鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示,年份約1970


Dial: gilt

Calibre: cal. RE10 BETA 21 quartz, 13 jewels

Movement number: 00'006'700

Case: 18k yellow gold, snap-on back

Case number: 155, 161

Closure: 18k yellow gold Rolex bracelet and folding clasp

Dimensions: 39 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 195 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: no

Papers: no  

Accessories: Rolex presentation case


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

CASE: in fair condition with crisp number on the back. There are signs of wear visible with the naked eye throughout, such as scratches and fine dings, as well as signs of polishing. The bracelet in fair condition having been polished, and with some noticeable warping.

DIAL: in fair condition with fine spotting visible throughout with the naked eye. The crystal with a few scratches.


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.


Please note: Condition 16 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report 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. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. 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. Please be advised that wristbands 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

The quartz crisis undoubtedly was, and in many ways still is, a very divisive period in the manufacturing of wristwatches. While the mechanical wristwatch ultimately prevailed, it was a time where all manufactures, even the most powerful, were forced to re-evaluate what the future potentially held. 

To consider this, twenty-one manufactures collaborated to form the Centre Electronique Horologer and one of that number was Rolex. From this collaboration was born, in 1969, the Beta-21 and powered by this new movement, the Rolex reference 5100 became the first quartz watch ever manufactured by the company. 

The first batch of 1000 pieces was produced in yellow gold and numbered to the case back, as can be seen with the present lot, numbered 155. These first 1000 were all purchased before production even began, Rolex offering a tour of their factory to all those who joined this new and exclusive Quartz powered club. Production however lasted only two years, and as such the reference was made in very limited number by Rolex's usual standards, offering any collector a superb opportunity to own a piece of Rolex's history, especially one that is reminiscent of such a turbulent time.