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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1990
    Reference No: 18239B
    Movement No: 5’558’763
    Case No: E210’640, inside caseback stamped 18200
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold and stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Tri-coloured 18K gold Rolex President bracelet, endlinks stamped “55B”, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex concealed folding clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex instruction manual, hang tag, black card holder and fitted presentation box. Further delivered with Rolex service guarantee dated 10th February 2016.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Evolving from the Day-Date ref. 18039, the new model featured essentially the same aesthetics though upgraded with the firm’s cal. 3155 equipped with a double quick-set function for practical adjustments of the day and date. Iconic in design, provenance and its importance in the history of the firm, Rolex, known for their expertise in the research of new materials introduced the Tridor in the mid-1980s.

    Named the Tridor, it was Rolex’s testament to the industry of their exceptional ingenuity in blending various minerals to form and create a unique alloy. With three colours blended on the center links of the bracelet, the result is achieved by the combination of fusing 18K white gold, pink gold and yellow gold.

    The present example is surely a rare and attractive one. Cased in two tone yellow gold and white gold and its original Tridor bracelet, the blue “fume” dial with diamond-set indexes takes its attractiveness to another level. The present timepiece is offered with its original Rolex Tridor presentation box and a Rolex service guarantee.

  • 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. 18239B
A fine and attractive two-tone yellow gold and white gold wristwatch with center seconds, day, date, blue “fumé” dial, diamond-set indexes, three-colour gold bracelet and presentation box

Circa 1990
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$180,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$226,800

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022