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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2010
    Reference No: 118238
    Movement No: 2'835'893
    Case No: 2166H850
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold, diamonds and coral
    Calibre: Automatic, 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, 175 mm. maximum length, end links stamped 83208
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex concealed folding deployant clasp stamped Rolex SA
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Attestation de Chronomètre, product brochure, instruction manual, sales tag, leather wallet, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: For another coral dial Day-Date, however without diamond-set numerals and a reference 18038, please see Day-Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, pages 292-293.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex has manufactured a very limited number of hard-stone dial Day-Dates. Amongst these watches, the coral stone dial is certainly one of the most prestigious examples produced. However, what further highlights the present watch is the hobnail finish to the surface displaying a decoration not very commonly seen. The dial is further finished with black graphics, diamond-set numerals and gold frames fitted around the day and date apertures.

    In exceptional condition, the present Day-Date, is further distinguished as it is accompanied by its original accessories.

  • 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. 118238
A fine and extremely rare yellow gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, textured coral dial, bracelet, guarantee and fitted presentation box

36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$250,000 - 400,000 

Sold for HK$675,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am