A highly rare and attractive yellow gold calendar wristwatch with onyx dial

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1986
    Reference No: 18038
    Movement No: 1'637'484
    Case No: 9'186'942
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold and onyx
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ever glamorous, the Day-Date model delights with its myriad of dial, bracelet, bezel and gold-finished designs. Since its inception in 1956, it remains one of the most surprising and diverse flagship models Rolex has ever produced. Apart from prototype models, the Day-Date has only been cased in precious metals, attesting to its glamour and prestige.

    Offered in absolutely crisp and unspoiled condition, the present example has possibly never seen polishing throughout its lifetime. It features a charismatic Onyx dial that is defined by its midnight black hue and mirror-like appearance. The material is in perfect contrast with the warm gold case for a powerful aesthetic result, bolstered by the absence of virtually any graphic detail and by the presence of the gold rims to the day and date window, subtly recalling the gold case.

  • 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. 18038
A highly rare and attractive yellow gold calendar wristwatch with onyx dial

Circa 1986
36mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF12,000 - 24,000 
€11,200-22,400
$12,800-25,500

sold for CHF25,000

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

Geneva Auction 27 - 28 June 2020