Rolex Lady Datejust 69138 'Lapis Lazuli & Diamonds'Sold
Rolex Lady Datejust 69138 'Lapis Lazuli & Diamonds'
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We’ve had so many crazy stone dial Day-Dates and Datejusts this past year, but now it’s finally time for the small-wristed ladies to get some!For a long time, the most reliable way to produce blue paint was to ground down lapis lazuli. Due to its beautiful hue, and exorbitant price, Renaissance and Baroque painters used it almost exclusively to depict the robes of the Virgin Mary. It’s no surprise that this regal gemstone makes for a beautiful watch dial.Stone dials are beautiful due to the natural variation of the stones used, but they’re also quite fragile. Many of them have developed cracks or rips over the years. Therefore, a flawless dial will increase the value greatly. This gemstone dial is in faultless condition and features the most desirable variation of lapis. Lapis lazuli often occurs in nature with deposits of two other minerals: calcite (which shows as white veins in the stone) and pyrite (which look like gold veins). This dial contains almost no calcite deposits and some evenly spaced golden pyrite flecks. Rolex stone dials typically contain no markers. This exceptional variant, however, features applied factory-set diamond indices. Usually, Rolex makes use of a square diamond setting but this dial features a rare round setting instead. Together with the gold applied Rolex coronet the dial takes on a mesmerizing ultramarine and gold hue. And if the diamond-set gemstone dial weren’t enough, this watch comes with a luxurious factory diamond-set bezel as well!This reference 69138 features a classy 26 mm 18k yellow-gold case and comes on a matching 18k yellow-gold President bracelet with concealed Rolex clasp. The watch dates back to 1991 and is in excellent condition.
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