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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2000
    Reference No: 118209, caseback stamped 2099
    Movement No: 38’386’018
    Case No: P466’357
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Rolex President bracelet, endlinks stamped AB 83859, max length 180 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex deployant clasp stamped AB10
    Dimensions: 36 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, bracelet and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with punched warranty by WEMPE on February 17, 2001, Rolex wooden fitted presentation box, hang tag, product literature and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    In production since 1956, the Day-Date is one of the most recognizable Rolex series ever created. While the present Day-Date might look typical at first glance, an array of exceptional traits make the present timepiece a particularly exceptional and collectable example of the iconic model.

    Giving some unique personality to the watch, the present example is configured with the German day disc. Most of the days in German end in the word “tag”, just as the English days end in "day”. While the watch is fitted with the German day indication, the case back is stamped with a French export mark – an unusual amalgamation which was likely realized by the fact that the watch was sold by WEMPE, a German retailer, in Paris. Most strikingly, the dotted hour markers on the dial are atypically large, adding an element of collectability.

    A stunning combination of finely-crafted white gold case and unusual dial, excellently preserved condition, complete with all its punched Attestation de Chronomètre, hang tag and box, this watch is by all means a rare example only rarely discovered.

  • 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. 118209, caseback stamped 2099
A very fine and unusual white gold wristwatch with German day disc, date, sweep center seconds, bracelet with warranty, hang tag and box

2000
36 mm diameter
Case, dial, bracelet and movement signed

Estimate
HK$155,000 - 235,000 
€17,100-26,000
$19,900-30,100

Sold for HK$200,000

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