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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1978
    Reference No: 18038, caseback stamped 18000
    Movement No: 0’471’613
    Case No: 5’465’291
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold-plated steel buckle
    Dimensions: 36 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Debuted in 1956, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date was Rolex’s first wristwatch to display the date and day of the week spelt out in full in a window on the dial. Made upon a special request for the U.A.E. Armed Forces in the late 1970s, this example of Rolex Day-Date was part of a small order of exclusive timepieces. On the beautiful taupe dial, the emblem of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces can be vividly observed above 6 o’clock.

  • Maker 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, caseback stamped 18000
A fine and rare yellow gold wristwatch with day, date and sweep center seconds, made for the U.A.E. Armed Forces

勞力士,「Day-Date」型號18038,精細及罕有,18K黃金自動上弦腕錶,配「中東面」錶盤、中心秒針、日期和星期顯示,約1978年製

Circa 1978
36 mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$47,000 - 78,000 
€5,200-8,600
$6,000-10,000

Sold for HK$125,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018