Datejust Pearlmaster Reference 80298, a yellow gold automatic wristwatch with date, Circa 2000
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Since Datejust was created in 1945, it has continued to reinvent itself while symbolizing Rolex’s definition of classic elegance. A milestone in watchmaking history, it was the first self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch to feature a window displaying the date. Magnified by the Cyclops lens, these numbers are a reminder that though 24 hours mark a day, it’s on us to make those a date to remember. The Rolex Pearlmaster reference 80298 is a 29 mm Datejust but known as the Pearlmaster, after the name of its bracelet. The lady version of the Datejust is 26 mm in size and even though it’s a difference of only 3 mm, the look and feel is considerably different in comparison. Available in 18K yellow, white or Everose gold, the Pearlmaster is pleasingly heavy and sturdy on the wrist. Reference 80298 features an impressive bezel at 32 diamonds. Bracelet is made up of 5-piece links in high-polished metal. The links are rounded and project a smooth, fluid appearance that is perfectly accentuated by the concealed folding crown clasp, where the clasp is completely hidden from view at its closure. Glamorous and sophisticated even with just the original bracelet, the diamond-set bracelet featured here takes this already luxurious timepiece to an entirely different level.
This Datejust Pearlmaster reference 80298 is a yellow gold automatic wristwatch with date, circa 2000, automatic movement caliber 2235 with 31 jewels. 18K yellow gold case and bracelet with diamond set. Screw-down case back. Mother of pearl with diamond-paved central dial and Roman numerals. This watch comes with paper and box.
The watch is in overall good condition. All diamonds are intact. Case is in good condition with minor surface wear. Bracelet has signs of stretch, scratches and surface wear throughout commensurate with age. Buckle is in good condition. Dial is in overall good condition. 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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