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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1978
    Reference No: 18028
    Case No: 5'425'013
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k gold Rolex President bracelet, max. length 185 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k gold Rolex concealed deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present piece is an extremely attractive example of Day-Date with onyx dial. A true canvas for the unbridled imagination of Rolex designers, the Day-Date has been produced in a myriad of variation (lacquered dial, hardstone dial, engine-turned dial, texured or stone-set case and bracelets, etc.).

    The present iteration is arguably one of the most elegant. The minimalist black dial downplays the luxurious gold case and bracelet, and furthermore offers the ideal background for the gold hands, granting immediate and crystal-clear legibility.

  • 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. 18028
A very fine and attractive gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, day, date, onyx dial and bracelet

Circa 1978
36mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 150,000 
€10,900-16,300
$12,500-19,000

Sold for HK$155,000

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FIVE

Hong Kong Auction 28 November 2017