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

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1991
    Reference No: 18239
    Case No: E718'338
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k white gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, 3155
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex President, end links numbered 55B
    Clasp/Buckle: Concealed deployment 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

    On closer inspection, the aesthetics of this awesome Day-Date manufactured in 1991 are dazzling due to the sensuous lines of the curvy tonneau watchcase enhanced by highly crafted finishes. As a result, the ensemble is so inspiring and explains the enduring adoration sanctioned by collectors and enthusiasts.The “Lacquered Stella” dial fitted in this white gold example with sapphire crystal exhibits a rare pale powder pink colour shade. Moreover, it is enriched with 8 round cut diamonds indexes and 2 baguette-cut diamonds traditionally placed at 6 and 9 o’clock. Starting from 1988, Day-Date models are equipped with the new calibre 3155 movement featuring a double quick-set date function, which allows a rapid adjustment of both date and days of the week using the crown.

  • 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. 18239
A very rare and attractive white gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, bracelet and pink lacquered “Stella” dial

1991
36mm. Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF30,000 - 60,000 

sold for CHF125,000

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Livia Russo
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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm