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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 240

    Rolex. A fine and very rare 18K white gold automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, original certificate and guarantee

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, DATEJUST MODEL, REF. 1601, CASE NO. 2'238'426, MANUFACTURED IN 1968

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    Rolex. A fine and very rare 18K white gold automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, original certificate and guarantee
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Datejust model, Ref. 1601, case no. 2'238'426, manufactured in 1968
    MOVEMENT: automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    DIAL: silvered satinè dial, applied white gold baton numerals with black accents, luminous dots, sweep centre seconds, magnified window for date
    CASE: 18K white gold, tonneau-shaped, fluted bezel, screw down crown, screw back, 36 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement
    BUCKLE: 18k white gold Rolex buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Rolex numbered certificate and numbered guarantee stamped by Juwelier Deiter, Mülheim, Rolex presentation box


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    The white gold Ref. 1601 Datejust is a rare find in today’s market, far fewer examples were made in white gold than in either yellow gold or steel. The present watch is an excellent original specimen which will appeal to the collector or Rolex aficionado due to the untouched and unrestored dial, the overall excellent state of preservation and the very rare survival of the original numbered certificate and guarantee. To the best of our knowledge the present watch has never before been offered in public.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    WHITE GOLD REF. 1601 ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE AND GUARANTEE