A rare and attractive white gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, bracelet and blue dégradé dial

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1980
    Reference No: 18039
    Case No: 6'157'425
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k white gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, 3055
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex President, end links stamped 55
    Clasp/Buckle: Concealed deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed
    Literature: The present lot is illustrated in Day Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo

  • Catalogue Essay

    This sumptuous Day-Date made in 1980 exhibits an overall "like new" conservation state. As a measure of proof the timepiece retains its original Rolex sticker bearing the 18039 reference number, still partially stuck on the case back. The spectacular visual effect given by the white gold watch fitted with the blue dégradé dial leaves us mesmerised. Furthermore, it is preciously adorned with interchanging baguette-cut and round cut diamond hour indexes.The 3055 calibre movement is characterised by the single quick-set date function, which allows a rapid date adjustment.

  • 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. 18039
A rare and attractive white gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, bracelet and blue dégradé dial

1980
36mm. Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 30,000 

sold for CHF62,500

Contact Specialist
Livia Russo
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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm