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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1995
    Reference No: 18308
    Movement No: 7’717’446
    Case No: W676’551
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex President bark-finished bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex concealed folding clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex Day-Dates has always been a signature model of the firm as its design has remained largely unchanged since the mid-1950s. With that said, the Day-Date is arguably one of the most diversified models offered by the firm with various case materials, sizes as well as dial configurations manufactured over the years.

    The present Rolex Day-Date ref. 18308 is the perfect predicament of the established and vibrant model. Encased in yellow gold the iconic 36mm diameter case adorned with a bark-finished bezel that is further complemented by its matching bracelet in yellow gold. Fitted with an attractive mother-of-pearl dial, the emerald-set indexes are beautifully implemented to provide a subtle yet vibrant contrast against the dial and case.

  • 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. 18308
An attractive and rare yellow gold wristwatch with center seconds, day, date, mother-of-pearl dial, emerald-set indexes, bracelet and presentation box

Circa 1995
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$220,000 - 420,000 
€24,400-46,700
$28,200-53,800

Sold for HK$504,000

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