Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX Hong Kong Monday, May 28, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1988
    Reference No: 18238, case back stamped 18200 to the inside
    Case No: R966892
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex President bracelet stamped "55B" to the endlinks
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold concealed Rolex deployant clasp stamped "8385"
    Dimensions: 35mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex punched Garantie stamped by Singapore retailer Rolex Singapore Private Limited and dated November 13, 1990, leather wallet, product literature, sale tag, fitted presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is one of the earliest iterations of the new Day-Date models launched in 1988. They feature an upgraded calibre - cal. 3155 - which allows for quick setting of both day of the week and date through the crown, while the earlier calibre 3055 allowed for quick date setting only.

    The present example has a number of highly attractive features: it is offered complete of its original punched warranty and box, it is in excellent, unpolished condition, and it features and extremely attractive degradé dial. Degradé dials con be considered an evolution of the lacquered "Stella" dials, from which they inherit the lacquer-like luster. Instead of being monochrome, however, they feature a color gradient from the center to the rim. The present piece, for example, feature a brick red center gradually changing to oxblood at the rim. Furthermore, the diamond-set numerals grant a touch of additional playful luxury to the dial configuration of this highly attractive and exclusive timepiece.

  • Artist Biography


    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. 18238, case back stamped 18200 to the inside
A fine, very rare and extremely attractive yellow gold and diamond-set automatic wristwatch with center seconds, day, date, degrade dial, bracelet, Garantie and box

Circa 1988
35mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$64,000 - 110,000 

Sold for HK$93,750

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018