Rolex - Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR Geneva Friday, November 11, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2003
    Reference No: 118238, inside caseback stamped 2098
    Movement No: 3 9'547'995
    Case No: F694660
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Oyster, reference 73858, max. length 185mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold concealed folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex’s “President” watch, commonly known as the Day-Date, is one of the brand’s most sought after models. The present Day-Date, encased in yellow gold bearing the reference 118238 with a F-serial number, is an excellent representation of the model from the early 2000s. The watch’s warm silver-colored dial complements its yellow gold case and is further enhanced by luminous hour markers, which make for easy legibility. The watch is fitted on a yellow gold Oyster bracelet for a modern, sporty aesthetic. The 3155 caliber is a later generation movement, featuring the double quick-set date function, which allows for rapid adjustment between both date and days of the week.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 118238, inside caseback stamped 2098
A fine and highly attractive yellow gold wristwatch with silver-colored dial and bracelet

36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF6,000 - 10,000 

Sold for CHF11,875

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Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016