A very rare and unusual yellow gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with bracelet, centre seconds, pave diamond and enamel dial with original guarantee

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1990
    Reference No: 18388, stamped 18200 inside the case back
    Case No: L855'090
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, 3155
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex President, end links stamped 55B
    Clasp/Buckle: Concealed deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Punched Rolex guarantee stating that the watch was sold in Taiwan

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 18388 is known for featuring diamonds not only on the bezel but also on the four lugs of the case. It was then optional to the first owner to choose between the standard gold president bracelet or more lavish versions, some with diamond set links.The most stunning feature of the “Tangerine Roulette” offered here is the dial, composed of a pave set centre and outer ring, and a prominent coral orange or tangerine coloured enamel sector ring divided by the interspaced gold hour markers. Both the Rolex and Day-Date logos are printed on raised gold platforms. Another exceptional particularity of this dial are the enamel segments surrounding the week day and date apertures.

  • 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. 18388, stamped 18200 inside the case back
A very rare and unusual yellow gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with bracelet, centre seconds, pave diamond and enamel dial with original guarantee

1990
36mm. Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 40,000 

sold for CHF110,000

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Livia Russo
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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm