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

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1978
    Reference No: 18038
    Movement No: 0'132'471
    Case No: 5'679'825
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold, diamonds and emeralds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Two elements immediately jump out when admiring the present Day-Date.

    First the incredible visually arresting combination of champagne dial, diamond minute markers and baguette emeralds that give the watch an air of glamour and panache and secondly the impeccable state of preservation with a nice, thick and most probably unpolished case with deep crisp hallmarks and the presence of the caseback sticker.

    Reference 18038 most notably features a sapphire crystal and an upgraded caliber 3055 that enabled a quick set date function. These were two upgrades from reference 1803, which was fitted with an acrylic crystal and did not allow the wearer to simply change the date by pulling out the crown half way.

    The present watch is one among an exceedingly limited number of Day-Dates featuring emerald baguette numerals, such examples come to the market very rarely, and when they do, it is a notable occasion.

  • 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 eye catching and very well preserved yellow gold, diamond and emerald-set calendar wristwatch

Circa 1978
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF35,280

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022