A fine and very rare yellow gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, lapis lazuli dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1996
    Reference No: 18238
    Movement No: 7'104'107
    Case No: W369745
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold, diamonds, lapis lazuli
    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
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Guarantee dated 12 March 1996, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present reference 18238 wristwatch features a very rare lapis lazuli hardstone dial, showcasing a rich blue tone. This is an extremely rare variant of a hardstone dial Day-Date and the exceptional condition of the watch further deepens its rarity. The dial is further enhanced with diamond-set hour markers framed within its gold chatons. The present example, manufactured in 1996, is complete with original Guarantee and offered in excellent overall 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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Rolex

Ref. 18238
A fine and very rare yellow gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, lapis lazuli dial and bracelet

勞力士,精細及非常罕有,18K黃金鑲鑽石,自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針、星期及日曆顯示、青金石錶盤,“Day-Date”,型號18238,1996年製

1996
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 180,000 

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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