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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1987
    Reference No: 18038
    Case No: R453716
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k gold and diamond-set
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k gold Rolex President bracelet, max. length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k gold Rolex concealed deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and mvoement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Attestation de Chronomètre Officiel dated 10 June 1988, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: For another Day-Date with a degrade dial, please see Day-Date The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, page 298.

  • Catalogue Essay

    It was in the 1970s that Rolex introduced dials with vibrant colours at the centres fading to a much darker tone towards the edges. With their bold colour, attention is first drawn to the centre of each dial. This varying tone earns the nickname 'dégradé' or 'vignette' dial. The present Day-Date reference 18038 is fitted with a brown 'dégradé' dial that is further enhanced with diamond-set numerals and has been retained in close to new condition.

  • 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. 18038
A very fine and rare gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, bracelet, dégradé dial, guarantee and box

Circa 1987
36mm diameter
Case, dial and mvoement signed

HK$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for HK$125,000

Contact Specialist
Ziyong Ho
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FIVE

Hong Kong Auction 28 November 2017