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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1999
    Reference No: 18238
    Movement No: 7’760’699
    Case No: A207’606
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex concealed folding clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped The Hour Glass dated 28th September 1999, instruction manual, product literature, service guarantee, green card holder, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The ref. 18238 was introduced in 1988 with an upgraded cal. 3155 featuring a double quick-set function for the day and date enhancing its practicality by a mile. With aesthetics similar to its forefather, the reference was available with regular dials and various hardstone dials. The present example fitted with a “Jurassic” fossil dial with diamond-set indexes belongs to the hardstone family. Extremely delicate to work with measuring a mere 2.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness, it requires tremendous craftsmanship and precision to execute the feat.

    Offered in excellent overall condition boasting a sharp case and a flawless dial, the present example Rolex Day-Date ref. 18238 with the rare and delicate Jurassic fossil dial from circa 1999 is complete with its original guarantee and presentation box.

  • 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. 18238
A fine, attractive and rare yellow gold wristwatch with center seconds, day, date, “Jurassic” fossil dial, diamond-set indexes, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1999
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$195,000 - 273,000 

Sold for HK$327,600

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021