Rolex - Glamorous Day-Date Geneva Friday, May 8, 2015 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1984
    Reference No: 18038, stamped 18000 inside the case back
    Case No: 8'334'370
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow 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
    Accessories: Punched Rolex guarantee dated 12th February 1985, leather wallet, product literature, fitted Day Date presentation box, handkerchief and swing tags

  • Catalogue Essay

    The coloured enamel coated dials are known as “Lacquered Stella” and were crafted in small limited series from the early Seventies to the mid-Eighties. Today, these dials arouse intense interest with collectors due to their rarity and great aesthetic impact given by the glamorous enamel colours. Both distinguishing elements are embodied in this superb 18038 reference displaying a turquoise enamel lacquered dial.This beautifully preserved Day-Date has reached the present day in immaculate condition with its original accessories, such as the typical Rolex box along with the warranty paper of an authorised retailers who sold the timepiece during the second half of the Eighties.

  • Artist Biography


    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. 18038, stamped 18000 inside the case back
A rare and attractive yellow gold calendar wristwatch with bracelet, centre seconds, turquoise lacquered “Stella” dial, original guarantee and box

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

CHF15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF37,500

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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm