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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1978
    Reference No: 18038
    Movement No: 0’190’208
    Case No: 5’907’001
    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 folding clasp stamped ‘C’
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex Day-Date model delights collectors all over the world with its myriad of dials, bracelets, bezels and gold-finished designs to choose from. Since its inception in 1956, it remains one of the most surprising and diverse flagship models Rolex has ever produced. Apart from prototype models, the Day-Date has only been cased in precious metals, attesting to its glamour and prestige.

    The present example features a beautiful mahogany wood dial and given that wood is a naturally occurring phenomenon, no two wood dials will be the same in appearance, giving it a unique identity to each dial.

    This particular example has been well-preserved with crisp hallmarks and is a perfect timepiece for daily wear that will be fitting for any occasion.

  • 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
An attractive yellow gold wristwatch with center seconds, day, date, bracelet and "Mahogany wood" dial

Circa 1978
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$80,000 - 160,000 
€8,900-17,800
$10,300-20,500

Sold for HK$201,600

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021