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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1990
    Reference No: 18388
    Movement No: 5'451'104
    Case No: L855020
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold, diamonds and sapphires
    Calibre: Automatic, 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, 180 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 55B
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex concealed folding deployant clasp stamped Rolex 8385
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Radiant brilliance and vibrancy best describe this reference 18388. Graced with a pavé diamond dial, sapphire-set markers, diamond studded lugs and bezel, the present watch has been meticulously set with extremely high quality gems. The crystal bears the Rolex signature so as not to interrupt the quality of the diamond setting to the dial.

  • 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. 18388
A very rare and beautiful yellow gold, diamond and sapphire-set calendar wristwatch with bracelet

1990
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$212,500

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