A fine and very rare yellow gold, diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, blue enamel and pavé-set diamond dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1986
    Reference No: 18018
    Movement No: 1'648'405
    Case No: 9'864'030
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold, diamonds and blue enamel
    Calibre: Automatic, 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, 180 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex concealed folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex International Service Guarantee dated 17 December 2015.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This Day-Date reference 18018 is an incredibly rare variant indeed. Firstly, the watch features a 'Décor Pyramide' bezel. Secondly, the dial combines one of the most refined jewellery techniques. Its centre is pavé-set with diamonds and the centre is then enclosed with a translucent blue enamel that forms a sector. The outer minute track is also pavé-set with diamonds. Offered in excellent overall condition, this style of Day-Date cannot be located anywhere in literature, making it extremely rare, desirable and highly sought after.

  • 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. 18018
A fine and very rare yellow gold, diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, blue enamel and pavé-set diamond dial and bracelet

勞力士,精細及非常罕有,18K黃金鑲鑽石,自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針、藍色琺瑯、密釘鑲鑽石錶盤、星期及日曆顯示,“Day-Date”,型號18018,約1986年製

Circa 1986
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$150,000 - 250,000 
€17,600-29,400
$19,000-32,000

sold for HK$200,000

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016