A fine and very rare yellow gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, textured onyx dial, bracelet and guarantee

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1992
    Reference No: 18338
    Movement No: 5'780'876
    Case No: N240276
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold, diamonds and onyx
    Calibre: Automatic, 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, 170 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex concealed folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Officiel Chronometer Certification dated 23 December 1993, product literature, instruction manual and sales tag.
    Literature: For another onyx dial Day-Date, however without diamond-set numerals and a reference 18038, please see Day-Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, pages 396 and 397.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 18338 Day-Date is distinguished by its fluted bezel and diamond-set lugs. This present watch is highlighted with a very attractive onyx dial decorated with a three dimensional pattern named ‘clous de Paris’ that is not very commonly seen. The dial is further enhanced with diamond-set numerals and gold frames fitted around the day and date apertures. The yellow gold case, further enhanced by the diamond-set lugs, perfectly contrasts with the rich black onyx dial. Accompanied with guarantee, this present watch is a very attractive watch indeed.

  • 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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Rolex

Ref. 18338
A fine and very rare yellow gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, textured onyx dial, bracelet and guarantee

勞力士,精細及罕有,18K黃金鑲鑽石,自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配年曆、中心秒針及黑瑪瑙錶盤,“Day-Date”,型號18338,附證書,1992年製

1992
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$200,000 - 300,000 

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

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
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ziyongho@phillips.com

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

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