A very rare and attractive white gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, bracelet and burgundy lacquered “stella” dial

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1978
    Reference No: 18079
    Case No: 5'257'008
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k white gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, 3055
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex President with bark finish centre links
    Clasp/Buckle: Concealed deployant Clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed
    Literature: The present lot is illustrated in Day Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, Spin Edizioni

  • Catalogue Essay

    This present reference 18079 Day-Date displays ‘bark finished’ decorations both to its bezel and President bracelet. The last digit number of the reference – which in this case is 9 - indicates the metal: 18K white gold.It fits a remarkably important burgundy enamel lacquered “Stella” dial featuring round cut diamond hour markers and baguette-cut diamonds at 6 and 9 o’clock.Extremely rare in white gold, this timepiece is further enhanced by its excellent overall condition.

  • 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. 18079
A very rare and attractive white gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, bracelet and burgundy lacquered “stella” dial

1978
18k white gold and diamonds
36mm. Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF25,000 - 50,000 

sold for CHF56,250

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Livia Russo
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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm