A 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: 1995
    Reference No: 18308
    Movement No: 5'747'050
    Case No: S615592
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold, diamonds and lapis lazuli
    Calibre: Automatic, 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k white gold Rolex President bracelet, 185 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 55B
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex concealed folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 35.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 18308 Day-Date is distinguished by its bark-finished bezel that is set with diamond hour markers and the bark-finished centre links to its President bracelet. The current example showcases a brilliant blue lapis lazuli dial that shines with different tones of blue and perfectly contrasts with the bark-finished diamond-set bezel. Offered in extremely well preserved condition, the present watch is highly attractive.

  • 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. 18308
A very rare yellow gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, lapis lazuli dial and bracelet

勞力士,非常罕有,18K黃金鑲鑽石,自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針、青金石錶盤、星期及日曆顯示,“Day-Date”,型號18308,1995年製

1995
35.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$150,000 - 250,000 

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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