Hurricane Harvey Relief: Rolex Datejust with Houston Aeros Dial, Presented to Ernie Zwahlen

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Year of issue: 1972

Reference number: 1603

Serial number: 3537xxx

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

Unique provenance abounds on the front and back of this Rolex Datejust ref. #1603. The Houston Aeros presented this watch to Ernie Zwahlen, commemorating the gift by engraving his name on the case back. For those who collect double-signed Rolex timepieces, sports memorabilia and other rarities, this piece represents a novelty on so many levels. Beyond the provenance and novelty, the color combination is handsome and versatile. 36mm. All proceeds from the sale of this watch will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Stock 37125


Joshua Bonifas


The year 1945 saw the birth of the Datejust, the first self‑winding wrist chronometer to indicate the date in a window on the dial. A watch of great distinction, the Datejust was equipped with a Jubilee bracelet created specially for it and a fluted bezel, making it immediately recognisable as a Rolex. It is the pillar of the Oyster collection. Initially for men, it became available in various models for women in the course of the following decade.