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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1987
    Reference No: 18038, inside case stamped 18000
    Movement No: 1'691'736
    Case No: 9'555'882
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k gold Rolex President bracelet, end links stamped 55, max. length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k gold Rolex deployant clasp, stamped 8385
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Garantie stamped by Khimji Ramdas,Oman retailer, dated 3 November 1987 and green leather pouch.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex’s Day-Date, also known as ‘President’ watch, is one of the brand’s most sought after models. The reference 18038 was produced until 1988, and is recognizable by its yellow gold case and fluted bezel.

    Housing Rolex’s caliber 3055, the most notable upgrade from earlier references is its ‘quick-set’ feature, enabling the wearer to change the date with ease by simply pulling out the crown halfway.

    This rare example with ‘Khanjar’ dial is in excellent overall condition, having been spared any senseless polishing. The case is as original today as it was 30 years ago. The dial with the emblem of Oman is a fresh as the case, and makes wonderful addition for any passionate collector.

  • Artist Biography

    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, inside case stamped 18000
A very fine and rare gold calendar wristwatch with khanjar dial bracelet, made for the Sultanate of Oman

Circa 1987
36mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$160,000 - 240,000 
€17,400-26,100
$20,000-30,000

Sold for HK$350,000

Contact Specialist
Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FIVE

Hong Kong Auction 28 November 2017