A very rare three color gold, diamond and emerald-set calendar wristwatch with bracelet, centre seconds and champagne dial

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1987
    Reference No: 18039B
    Case No: 9'001'054
    Model Name: Day-Date, Tridor
    Material: Three color 18k gold, diamonds and emeralds
    Calibre: Automatic, 3055
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex President, end links stamped 55
    Clasp/Buckle: Concealed deployment clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the mid Eighties the Day-Date line introduces the Tridor version. One single model combining three gold colors: a yellow gold bezel, a white gold case and a President bracelet with fused yellow, white and pink gold centre links. Perfectly exemplified by the outstanding piece which is illustrated here, manufactured in 1987 bearing the 18039B reference number.The superb and rare dial is adorned with ten baguette-cut emerald hour markers, harmoniously interlace with round cut diamonds.The calibre 3055 movement, powering Day-Dates from 1977 to 1988, 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. 18039B
A very rare three color gold, diamond and emerald-set calendar wristwatch with bracelet, centre seconds and champagne dial

1987
36mm. Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 30,000 

sold for CHF110,000

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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm