Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XI Geneva Sunday, June 28, 2020 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1979
    Reference No: 18038
    Movement No: 0'219'923
    Case No: 5'905'755
    Model Name: Day-Date "Stella"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ever glamorous and luxurious, the Day-Date model delights with its myriad of dial, bracelet, bezel and gold-finished designs. The firm has elevated its Day-Date models with materials such as rubellite, blood stone, coral, and even colored lacquer, providing an unusual design twist to the iconic model.

    Of all Day-Dates, one of the most exclusive, desirable and distinguished variant is without a doubt, the Day-Date with yellow "Stella" dial. So rare is this model that the market has only seen a handful of examples over the years. When one does show up at auction, it is an incredibly noteworthy occasion.

    The present watch is fitted with an arresting and eye-catching taxi-cab yellow "Stella" dial that offers so much diversity and beauty. Made in the late 1970s, it is slightly different from its predecessor, reference 1803, as the dial displays a railway track with roman numerals on the outer edge. The dial is beautiful and translucent in a way that only "Stella" dials can be, with a precise coating of the lacquer around the day and date apertures.

    The case is also preserved in excellent and unspoiled condition, displaying sharp hallmarks beneath the lugs and sharp finishes on the top of the lugs.

  • 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
An extremely rare and most attractive yellow gold calendar wristwatch with yellow "Stella" dial

Circa 1979
36mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF60,000 - 120,000 

Sold for CHF200,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

Geneva Auction 27 - 28 June 2020