Fine stainless steel self-winding wristwatch with a rare Grey/Bronze dial with white writings and date.

  • Brand Rolex
  • Reference R3186
  • Year 1980
  • Store Champs-Élysées
  • Price n.a.
  • Dimensions 36 mm

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1881: Birth of Hans Wilsdorf on March 22nd, in the small town of Kulmbach in northern Bavaria.

1900: Hans Wilsdorf leaves his hometown to set up a business in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), where he is in charge of correspondence and office work for a watch exporter.

1903: he goes to London to work for a well-known watch importer.

1905: Hans Wilsdorf founds Wilsdorf & Davis together with his brother-in-law, a wholesale watch business.

1908: he creates his own brand name: Rolex, apparently an abbreviation for « horlogerie exquise » meaning exquisite watchmaking.

1931: thanks to the talent of the technician Emil Borel, Wilsdorf presents a self-winding system with a permanently rotating rotor, the Rolex perpetual.

The model presented here is a splendid and rare Datejust model, reference 16014 from 1980 in perfect condition. Round stainless steel case of 36 mm diameter with screw-down crown and case back. Gorgeous grey/bronze dial with applied stick indexes and white writings. Date window at 3. Self-winding mechanical movement, chronometer certified.

This model retains its roots from the past, easily recognizable thanks to its jubilee bracelet specially made for the model and its fluted bezel.

An incomparable and inimitable timepiece that will forever mark the history of watchmaking.