Datejust Reference 116185BBR, a rose gold automatic wristwatch with date, Circa 2008
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Rolex 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.
The Rolex Datejust has seen many gem-set variations since its initial launch dating back to 1945 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Rolex. The Datejust was the world’s first serially produced self-winding wristwatch to feature a date window that would advance automatically past midnight. This Datejust reference 116185BBR is fitted with a baguette and brilliant diamond-set bezel with a pave diamond-set dial with glossy black lacquer accents that mimic the hide of an exotic Zebra. Furthermore, the original Rolex rubber and sting-ray strap with diamonds exceedingly adds an elevated level of lavishness on this watch.18K rose gold and diamond-set case. Automatic movement Calibre 3135 with 31 jewels, case size in 36 mm diameter. 18K rose gold Rolex Oyster fold clasp. This watch comes with paper and box.
The watch is in overall good condition. All diamonds are intact. Case is in good condition with surface wear. Bracelet has signs of stretch, scratches and surface wear throughout commensurate with age. Buckle is in good condition. Dial is in overall very good condition throughout commensurate with age. The case back with signs of wear throughout. The movement is running at the time of cataloging, however, it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
Case Size (mm)
Fits a wrist size of 6 inches or smaller.
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