A fine and rare yellow gold calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, green lacquer 'Stella' dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1980
    Reference No: 18038
    Movement No: 0'168'174
    Case No: 6'157'062
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, 165 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex concealed folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a reference 18038 'Stella' Day-Date with green lacquer dial however with Khanjar symbol, please see Day-Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, page 360 and 361.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This example of a 'Stella' Day-Date is kept in incredibly pristine condition. The dial is intact, and the lacquer is a beautiful leafy green colour which really pops against the yellow gold case. The luminous has aged evenly with the hands, and the bracelet is in excellent almost unblemished condition. Day-Dates fitted with 'Stella' dials have become incredibly popular in the last few years, and continue to do so with their charming and unusual looks.

  • 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 calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, green lacquer 'Stella' dial and bracelet

勞力士,精細及罕有,18K黃金自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針、綠色漆“Stella”錶盤、星期及日曆顯示,“Day-Date”,型號18038,1980年製

1980
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$150,000 - 250,000 

sold for HK$212,500

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

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Specialist
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
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