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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1979
    Reference No: 18038, caseback stamped 18000
    Movement No: 0’249’500
    Case No: 5’944’681
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, max length 180 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex concealed deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 35.5 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    From its debut more than half a century ago, the Day-Date model has earned its status as one of the most versatile timepieces of the brand. This burgundy “Stella” dial is part of the exclusive color designed to appeal to watch connoisseurs around the world. Further adorned with diamonds, the burgundy dial is for many the color that symbolizes hope and success. Definitely aimed to be enjoyed by the most exclusive watch lovers, the yellow gold case and bracelet add an aura of sophistication to this timepiece.

  • 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, caseback stamped 18000
A very fine and rare yellow gold and diamond-set wristwatch with day, date, sweep center seconds and burgundy "Stella" dial

Circa 1979
35.5 mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
HK$110,000 - 140,000 
€12,200-15,500
$14,100-17,900

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