A very rare and attractive yellow gold, diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire-set calendar wristwatch watch with centre seconds, bracelet, champagne dial and original guarantee

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1988
    Reference No: 18188A
    Case No: 9'533'484
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k gold, diamond, emerald, ruby and sapphires
    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
    Accessories: Punched Rolex guarantee stating that the present watch was sold in Hong Kong by Zurich Watch Co. Ltd, December 2000 and product literature
    Literature: The present lot is illustrated in Day Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, Spin Edizioni

  • Catalogue Essay

    When one single detail of the whole ensemble results in anything but normal it cannot escape our notice. This is clearly embodied in the timepiece revealed before our eyes. This distinctive yellow gold 18188A reference showcases a ’rainbow’ bezel adorned with interchanging and repeating sapphires, rubies, emeralds and diamonds.Not wanting to create a chromatic diversion with its multicolored bezel, the dial appears in a discreet champagne shade of colour, perfectly matched with the yellow gold case and further enriched with 8 round cut and 2 baguette-cut diamonds.Manufactured in the late Eighties, the watch displays an overall "like new" state of preservation and is accompanied with its original warranty certification.

  • 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. 18188A
A very rare and attractive yellow gold, diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire-set calendar wristwatch watch with centre seconds, bracelet, champagne dial and original guarantee

1988
36mm. Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF30,000 - 60,000 

sold for CHF93,750

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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm