A rare and extremely well-preserved yellow gold calendar wristwatch with red lacquer "Stella" dial and bracelet

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1985
    Reference No: 18038
    Movement No: 0'958'196
    Case No: 8'899'004
    Model Name: Day-Date "Woman in Red"
    Material: 18K yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex concealed deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Literature: The present watch is prominently illustrated in Day-Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, page 366 and 367.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ever glamorous, the Day-Date model delights with its myriad of dial, bracelet, bezel and gold-finished designs. Since its inception in 1956, it remains one of the most surprising and diverse flagship models Rolex has ever produced. Apart from prototype models, the Day-Date has only been cased in precious metals, attesting to its glamor and prestige. This superlative Day-Date is fitted with a beautiful red lacquer "Stella" dial and diamond indexes.

    Named "Woman in Red", this timepiece is prominently illustrated in Day-Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo. Dazzling and incredibly luxurious, it is preserved in excellent and most probably unpolished condition. The case displays an attractive layer of patina throughout and crisp hallmarks beneath the lugs. The bracelet is rigid and preserved in excellent condition. Furthermore, the "Stella" dial is intact and boasts a brilliant red sheen.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Rolex

Ref. 18038
A rare and extremely well-preserved yellow gold calendar wristwatch with red lacquer "Stella" dial and bracelet

Circa 1985
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 30,000 
€13,400-26,700
$15,100-30,200

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Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+ 41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019