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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1991
    Reference No: 18248, stamped 18200 inside case back
    Movement No: 6'910'457
    Case No: X501'128
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex President with bark finished centre links, end links stamped 55B, 8723, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Concealed deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with presentation box, two spare links and an additional date disc in Arabic

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex Day-Date is considered to be one of the most universally recognized and beloved watches.

    This elegant reference 18248 from 1991 is adorned with an unusual birch dial, elegantly complemented by its 18k yellow gold case and bracelet. The dial is accented with beige text, matching the minute markers along the outer chapter ring.

    The “bark” finished bezel includes rectangular hour markers that line up perfectly with the applied baton hour markers on the dial. To balance the bezel, the Rolex President bracelet features bark-finished centre links, adding to its appeal.

    The present example is fitted with Rolex’s calibre 3155, which features a double quickset function allowing for rapid adjustment of both the day and date. It remains well preserved after 24 years, making it a fine addition for any collector.

  • 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. 18248, stamped 18200 inside case back
A rare yellow gold calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, bracelet and wood dial

1991
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF18,750

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm