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ROLEX Vintage Day-Date Rare Malachite Dial

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A very collectable Day Date with unique malachite dial. A double quick Day Date movement. 18K yellow gold case in excellent condition.

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  • Metal
  • Stone
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1988
  • Condition
    Malachite dial mint condition, Excellent overall condition.
  • Seller Location
    Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 283561stDibs: JU110606301070

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    Ships From: Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About Rolex (Designer)

Ask anyone, anywhere, to name a luxury watch brand, and the answer will probably be “Rolex.” This enviable worldwide recognition can be credited in part to the genius of company founder Hans Wilsdorf. When the German-born watch dealer and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, set up their London enterprise, in 1905, they called it Wilsdorf & Davis, according to the traditional formula.


But Wilsdorf was determined to come up with another name that was short, would look good on a watch dial and was easy to say and remember in several languages. In 1908, he trademarked the name Rolex, and by 1920, he had moved the company to Geneva and redubbed it as Montres Rolex S.A.


But the main reasons for the brand’s success are its commitment to precision and unflagging pursuit of innovation. In 1926, the company introduced the aptly named Oyster model. With a screw-down crown and case back, both fitted with rubber gaskets, this was the first truly waterproof watch.


Five years later, Rolex upped the ante with the Oyster Perpetual. That model’s patented Perpetual movement contained a rotor mechanism enabling it to self-wind. In another trendsetting move, in 1945, the brand debuted the Datejust, with a date window prominently displayed on the dial.


The company’s two most iconic models are sports watches. Although the Submariner, which debuted in 1953, was developed as a dive watch, its waterproof case, solid construction and good looks made it a favorite of adventurers and urbanites alike, including James Bond, who wore it in classics like Dr. No and Goldfinger. The Daytona, the racing chronograph made famous by Paul Newman, is especially sought after by collectors. Newman’s personal Daytona, which hit the auction block in 2017, sold for $17.8 million.


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About the Seller
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Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Launched in Carmel, California, in 1950, Fourtane today is one of the leading U.S. dealers in estate jewelry and watches dating from the 1800s to today, specializing in Victorian jewels and signed pieces from elite designers like Bulgari, Henry Dunay and Cartier. Despite its growth and globe-spanning clientele, Fourtané prides itself o...

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