A very rare and unusual yellow gold and diamond calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, bracelet, ammonite hard stone dial, guarantee and box

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1999
    Reference No: 18208, stamped 2098 inside case back
    Case No: A207'466
    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: Rolex guarantee dated 9th January 2001, service card and fitted presentation box.
    Literature: The present lot is illustrated in Day Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, Spin Edizioni

  • Catalogue Essay

    Starting from the Eighties, Rolex introduced a series of stone dials not listed in their catalogues. The materials were very fragile therefore the manufacturing process was truly complicated. However, the purpose was to render this collection ever more exclusive, granting the owners of these timepieces a privileged feeling impossible to duplicate or copy.This outstanding 18208 reference manufactured in 1999, with smooth bezel exhibits a magnificent black Ammonite dial which features day and date apertures, diamond hour indexes and the coronet logo.The timepiece shows an overall "as new" condition characterised by unpolished sharp bevels, warming the heart of any watch collector. Moreover, the original Japanese warranty paper further underscores the added value of this piece.

  • 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. 18208, stamped 2098 inside case back
A very rare and unusual yellow gold and diamond calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, bracelet, ammonite hard stone dial, guarantee and box

1999
36mm. Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 40,000 

sold for CHF31,250

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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm