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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1990
    Reference No: 18349, stamped 18200 inside the case back
    Movement No: 5'652'970
    Case No: E718'210
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: White gold Rolex President, reference 8385, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex punched garantee, product literature, Rolex red writing pad along with a Rolex pen by Parker, original red presentation box, outer packaging and Rolex handkerchief, numbered hangtag and red seal

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present Rolex Day-Date reference 18349 was manufactured in 1990. The engraving on the case back indicates that the watch was specially ordered for the Sultanate of Oman.

    The fifth number of the reference number, which in this case is 9 – indicates the metal of the case: 18-karat white gold. The present example is fitted with an impeccable silvered dial and diamond set hour markers, perfectly matching the diamond set bezel.

    Preserved in excellent overall condition, this watch is accompanied by the presentation box, Rolex guarantee and original hangtags. The original guarantee, much to a collectors delight, is punched with the country code 539, designating that the watch was originally delivered to Oman.

  • 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. 18349, stamped 18200 inside the case back
A fine and very rare white gold calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, diamond-set bezel, and engraved Khanjar

1990
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF25,000 - 35,000 

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