Here is a super cool and rare 18K yellow gold „Il Texano“ Rolex 5100 Beta21 Quartz with rare factory diamond dial, SN: 9XX, sold in 1977 with original papers.
Overall condition is excellent. Watch case appears to be unpolished with sharp egdes and bevels and has very little signs of previous use. Bracelet with concealed deployment clasp in 18k Yellowgold has virtually no stretch.
It is hard not to start daydreaming about this massive and heavy piece of gold and iconic technology. At the beginning of the 1960s a couple of Swiss manufacturers gathered together and formed the Centre Electronique Horologer to develop a Quartz movement which ended up in introduction of the famous Beta-21 movement a couple of years later. The 5100 was introduced in 1970 in a limited number of 1000 pieces ( assumed 900 in yellow gold and 100 in white gold) and was the first Rolex incorporating a Quartz movement, a synthetic sapphire crystal, a hacking feature, and a quickset date function.
As the a owner of this watch you’ll be always welcome at Rolex Geneva’s headquarters. “At our central headquarters in Geneva there is a Golden Register, a Who’s Who of our clients who proudly count a Rolex Quartz among their most precious possessions. They form the Rolex Quartz Club, one of the most exclusive clubs imaginable… Members of the Club are always welcome at Rolex Geneva. On their first visit, they are invited to sign the Golden Register and can enjoy a personal tour of the Geneva world Headquarters.”
Watch runs within Quartz accuracy and dates switches properly – the watch just came back from the authorized dealer to check gaskets and change battery.
This watch comes with it’s original punched papers – Sold through Fritz Krause/Westerland LC100 on 31.07.1977, a confirmation about the sale through Fritz Krause and a Rolex repair cost estimate from 2010 of Rolex Geneva – 4269,12 € for a complete revision of the quartz movement.
Price includes 19% VAT, Net sale export Eu is possible.