A fine and rare yellow gold calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and ferrite hardstone dial

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1987
    Reference No: 18038
    Movement No: 1'608'609
    Case No: 9'399'766
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold and ferrite
    Calibre: Automatic, 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Gilt Rolex buckle stamped Rolex SA
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 18038 was produced from 1977 to 1988. The reference was characterized by its fluted bezel and sapphire crystal. The present watch features an appealing ferrite dial that sparkles and gives an enormous lift to its appearance. The dial is further finished with gold Roman numerals and gold frames fitted around the day and date apertures. The present Day-Date is in overall very pleasant and original condition.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 18038
A fine and rare yellow gold calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and ferrite hardstone dial

勞力士,精細及罕有,18K黃金自動上弦腕錶,配中心秒針及黑色石錶盤,“Day-Date”,型號18038,1987年製

1987
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$80,000 - 120,000 

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

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