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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1997
    Reference No: 18238
    Movement No: 7'220'967
    Case No: W836966
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold, rubies and mother-of-pearl
    Calibre: Automatic, 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, 180 mm. maximum length, end links stamped 55B
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex concealed folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 35 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Guarantee dated 30 September 1997, International Service Guarantee dated 8 April 2015, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This sapphire crystal Day-Date is offered in very appealing original condition with hardly any signs of wear. The dial is finished with mother-of-pearl and the numerals are set with rubies, secured by gold chatons. In addition, the watch is accompanied by its original Guarantie and fitted 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. 18238
A fine yellow gold and ruby-set wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, mother-of-pearl dial and bracelet

1997
35 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 150,000 

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am