Exclusive Timepieces 21 –⁠ 22 October 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The timepieces that we are offering at this auction are coming from all over the world and from some of the most prominent collections.
An incredibly impressive selection of truly rare Rolex Daytonas. A stunning and rare Cartier watch. A Patek Philippe in platinum from the 1920s, coming to auction for the first time, the John Goldberger Calatrava, which is one of the most sought-after reference 530s, to name but a few.

Session I: Saturday 21 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 108
Session II: Sunday 22 October, 10:30 AM – lots 109 to 172
Session III: Sunday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 173 to 281

237 Rolex Attractive and Very Well Preserved, Datejust, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With Lapis Lazuli Dial and Warranty, Reference 16 238

Estimate: € 25,000 –⁠ 50,000

Model: Datejust
Reference: 16 238
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1990
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3135
Case N°: L979765
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Accessories: Warranty

Useful, elegant, and timeless, the Rolex Datejust has endured since 1945 in an impressive array of case materials, sizes, bezel configurations and dial types. A very attractive and classic combination of rich blue lapis lazuli, diamonds and yellow gold, the present watch is a rare example of reference 16 238 with a very captivating blue hard stone dial. Lapis lazuli is a deep blue semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its vibrant and rich color. Due to their fragile nature, many of these dials used to break during production which increases the manufacturing cost, so these watches are highly sought after by collectors. In fact, the manufacturing process consists of milling this stone to a thickness of less than 1 mm to create a dial, which, of course, must be free of any serious inclusions or natural flaws. It comes as no surprise that the number of pieces ever produced are not so elevated and during all these years many of these dials happened to break, making the lot here offered a very interesting opportunity for passionate. Preserved in remarkable condition with still the Rolex sticker on the case back and original warranty, this yellow-gold case shows deep hallmarks and fluted bezel. Furthermore, the dial is embellished with gold Arabic numerals at 6 and 9 o’clock with diamond centers.