ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE STRIPED 18K TWO COLOUR GOLD ASYMMETRIC LEFT-HAND WINDING WRISTWATCH WITH INTEGRAL 18K TWO COLOUR GOLD ROLEX ‘KING MIDAS’ BRACELET AND ORIGINAL VASE-FORM BOX
ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE STRIPED 18K TWO COLOUR GOLD ASYMMETRIC LEFT-HAND WINDING WRISTWATCH WITH INTEGRAL 18K TWO COLOUR GOLD ROLEX ‘KING MIDAS’ BRACELET AND ORIGINAL VASE-FORM BOX
ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE STRIPED 18K TWO COLOUR GOLD ASYMMETRIC LEFT-HAND WINDING WRISTWATCH WITH INTEGRAL 18K TWO COLOUR GOLD ROLEX ‘KING MIDAS’ BRACELET AND ORIGINAL VASE-FORM BOX
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ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE STRIPED 18K TWO COLOUR GOLD ASYMMETRIC LEFT-HAND WINDING WRISTWATCH WITH INTEGRAL 18K TWO COLOUR GOLD ROLEX ‘KING MIDAS’ BRACELET AND ORIGINAL VASE-FORM BOX
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ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE STRIPED 18K TWO COLOUR GOLD ASYMMETRIC LEFT-HAND WINDING WRISTWATCH WITH INTEGRAL 18K TWO COLOUR GOLD ROLEX ‘KING MIDAS’ BRACELET AND ORIGINAL VASE-FORM BOX

SIGNED ROLEX, CELLINI, KING MIDAS MODEL, REF. 4915, NO. 5744, CASE NO. 4’369’004 /155 122 050, CIRCA 1977

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ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE STRIPED 18K TWO COLOUR GOLD ASYMMETRIC LEFT-HAND WINDING WRISTWATCH WITH INTEGRAL 18K TWO COLOUR GOLD ROLEX KING MIDAS BRACELET AND ORIGINAL VASE-FORM BOX
SIGNED ROLEX, CELLINI, KING MIDAS MODEL, REF. 4915, NO. 5744, CASE NO. 4’369’004 /155 122 050, CIRCA 1977
Movement: Manual
Dial: Brushed striped two colour gold
Case: Engraved ‘King Midas’ on the band, 27.5 mm. diam.
With: 18k striped 18k two colour gold integral Rolex bracelet, overall length approximately 190 mm.
Remark: One of the rarest of the ‘King Midas’ references with full gold bracelet
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This lot is offered without reserve.
This lot is subject to standard Swiss VAT rules and 7.7% VAT will be charged on the ‘hammer’ and the ‘buyer’s premium’

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Lot Essay

This superbly exotic two colour ‘striped’ version of Rolex’s Cellini King Midas with full matching heavy gold bracelet is among the rarest of all the King Midas models from the late 1970s. Furthermore it is in excellent crisp condition and comes complete with the original box in the form of an ancient Greek vase inspired by a stamnos of circa 440 BC in the British Museum by the so-called Midas painter.

Rolex ‘King Midas’ was designed by the legendary Gerald Genta long before he came to prominence with Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak and Patek Philippe’s Nautilus. Introduced in 1962, it was produced through the 1960’s before it was absorbed into the Cellini line-up from 1972. The Midas models were characterised by their asymmetrical shape that was inspired by the Pantheon of the Gods and the left-handed winding crown which was inspired by the legend of King Midas - everything he touched with his left hand turned to gold. Interestingly, the King Midas, the heaviest gold watch around in the 1960s, was also the most expensive Rolex model. Super Luxurious and alluding to the lustre and compelling attraction of solid gold, it cost roughly 30 percent more than the Day-Date at the time, which was the other Rolex model only made in precious metals.

The most famous example of the King Midas was worn by Elvis Presley. While performing six shows at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 1970, he was presented with a yellow gold reference 9630, No. 343. Today, this watch is on display at his home Graceland. Another famous example of the King Midas was worn in the 1974 James Bond movie, ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’, by the villain Francisco Scaramanga, played by Sir Christopher Lee.

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