A very fine and rare white gold wristwatch with azure colored enamel lacquered “Stella” dial, day, date, center seconds and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1980
    Reference No: 18039, caseback interior stamped 18000
    Case No: 6'309'038
    Model Name: Day-Date "Stella"
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Rolex President, max length 170mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex deployant, stamped 8385
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex introduced the reference 18039 in 1977 and it remained in production until 1988. The new model Day-Date was fitted with a sapphire crystal, and the addition of the “9” in the serial number indicated the watch was made in 18k gold.

    The present watch is extremely well-preserved with an unpolished case and lovely azure “Stella” dial. The combination of the white gold and blue dial gives the watch a striking and elegant look that can be both casual or dressed up.

  • 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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Ref. 18039, caseback interior stamped 18000
A very fine and rare white gold wristwatch with azure colored enamel lacquered “Stella” dial, day, date, center seconds and bracelet

勞力士,「Day-Date」型號18039 ,18K白金自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配日期顯示和漆面蔚藍色「Stella」錶盤,約1980年製

Circa 1980
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 200,000 
€13,200-22,000
$15,400-25,600

sold for HK$275,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018