A fine and rare yellow gold, diamond and ruby-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, champagne dial, bracelet and guarantee

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1982
    Reference No: 18038
    Movement No: 0'635'094
    Case No: 7'024'350
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold, diamonds and rubies
    Calibre: Automatic, 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, 180 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex concealed folding deployant clasp stamped 8385
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex undated Garantie.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This Day-Date, kept in near pristine example, has applied rubies and diamonds instead of numerals. The watch still retains factory finishes to the top of the lugs and case back, which is a testament to how original this example is. There are furthermore very strong hallmarks to the bottom of the lugs.

  • 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, diamond and ruby-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, champagne dial, bracelet and guarantee

勞力士,精細及罕有,18K黃金鑲鑽石及紅寶石,自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針、星期、日曆顯示及香檳色錶盤,“Day-Date”,型號18038,附證書,1982年製

1982
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 150,000 

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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