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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1982
    Reference No: 18038, stamped 18000 inside caseback
    Movement No: O891'948
    Case No: 7'456'821
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex President, max. length 190mm, end links stamped 55
    Clasp/Buckle: Concealed deployant clasp, stamped F18000
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by original guarantee and certificate of origin stamped Gobbi and original presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since it was first introduced in 1956, the Day-Date experimented with numerous interesting dial combinations, and used various exciting colors, textures and techniques in producing stimulating and vibrant models.


    This particular watch is distinguished by its unusual lacquered ‘dégradé’ coating, with centripetal and autumnal gradual color fading from the dial's centre to its outer circumference. Furthermore, the hour markers are highlighted with round-cut diamonds that accentuate the dial. It is accompanied by the original guarantee stamped Gobbi, and original presentation box.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Ref. 18038, stamped 18000 inside caseback
A fine and rare yellow gold calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, bracelet, red dégradé dial and original certificate

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

Estimate
CHF12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for CHF15,000

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm