A fine and rare white gold calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, wood dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1986
    Reference No: 18039, inside case back stamped 18000
    Movement No: 1'639'995
    Case No: 6'739'109
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k white gold Rolex President bracelet, 170 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Rolex concealed folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a white gold Day-Date with wood dial, however reference 18079, please see Day-Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, pages 432 and 433.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present reference 18039 Day-Date features a wood dial encased in white gold. Rolex excels in designing and crafting unusual dials using different material and process of framing the numerals on a wood dial is extremely challenging. The dial is fitted with baton numerals and silver graphics, perfectly balancing the white gold case set with milled bezel. Presented in excellent overall condition, the charming appearance highlights the rarity of this Day-Date.

  • 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. 18039, inside case back stamped 18000
A fine and rare white gold calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, wood dial and bracelet

勞力士,精細及罕有,18K白金自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配星期及日曆顯示、中心秒針及木製錶盤,“Day-Date”,型號18039,1986年製

1986
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 180,000 

sold for HK$200,000

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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