A fine and very rare yellow gold automatic wristwatch with center seconds, day, date, bracelet and Garantie. Made for SNAS

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1983
    Reference No: 18038, case back stamped "18000" to the inside
    Case No: 8'208'972
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex President bracelet stamped "55" to the endlinks, maximum length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex concealed deployant clasp stamped "8385" and "I"
    Dimensions: 36.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by blank Rolex punched Garantie

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch was realized for SNAS, one of the seven Saudi-based air companies. Founded in 1979 and owned by Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Sau, the firm focuses on cargo flights and operates for DHL aviation.

    The piece is offered in exceptional, very close to new-old-stock condition, still retaining the green sticker to the back. Of particular aesthetic interest is the luminous material, which has aged to a tone which matches to the dial. A superlative stroke of luck which strongly increases the appeal of this rare wristwatch.

  • 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. 18038, case back stamped "18000" to the inside
A fine and very rare yellow gold automatic wristwatch with center seconds, day, date, bracelet and Garantie. Made for SNAS

勞力士,「Day-Date」型號18038,精細及非常罕有, 18K黃金自動上弦腕錶,配日期和星期顯示,特別為SNAS製作,約1983年製。附保證書

Circa 1983
36.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$105,000 - 125,000 
€11,600-13,800
$13,500-16,000

sold for HK$112,500

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