Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1982
    Reference No: 18038
    Movement No: 0'770'099
    Case No: 7'372'853
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold, rubies and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Provenance: Glamorous Day-Date Phillips Geneva May 9, 2015, lot 27

  • Provenance

    Glamorous Day-Date Phillips Geneva May 9, 2015, lot 27

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced to the market in 1956, the Day-Date has seen a multitude of watch design variations. It is one of the most varied, unusual and creative models the firm has ever produced.

    Produced between 1977 and 1988, reference 18038 is characterized by its yellow gold case, bracelet and fluted bezel. The model most notably features a sapphire crystal. It is furthermore distinguished by the diamond and ruby-set champagne dial, giving it an incredibly glamorous edge. Furthermore, the case is preserved in excellent condition with crisp edges and sharp finishes. It most likely has never seen polishing throughout its lifespan.

    Its provenance is particularly noteworthy, having been sold at the Glamorous Day-Date Phillips Geneva auction on May 9, 2015, lot 27.

  • 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
A rare and attractive yellow gold, diamond and ruby-set calendar wristwatch with bracelet

Circa 1982
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF27,720

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022