A very rare and unusual white gold calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, bracelet and mahogany dial

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1986
    Reference No: 18039
    Case No: 7'349'903
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k white gold
    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

  • Catalogue Essay

    Actually, a Day-Date of the Eighties sporting a walnut, mahogany or birch burl dial, the three types of wood used by Rolex, is not a timepiece too hard to find. Furthermore, these wristwatches are usually found in yellow gold versions. On the other hand, the present example manufactured in 1986, besides being an amazing piece, also attracts high collector interest due to its mahogany burl dial showcased in this white gold version.

    Further notice must be given to the extraordinary overall pristine state of preservation. The case back still bears its original Rolex sticker bearing the 18039 reference number.

    The Day-Date was the first wristwatch ever to display the day of the week spelled out in full. The date wheel of the present example shows the day in English. According to tradition, Rolex issued a choice of up to 26 different languages.

  • 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 very rare and unusual white gold calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, bracelet and mahogany dial

1986
18k white gold
36mm. Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 30,000 

sold for CHF50,000

Contact Specialist
Livia Russo
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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm