Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1990
    Reference No: 18239
    Movement No: 5’026’900
    Case No: E199’887
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Rolex President bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex concealed folding clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in the late 1980s, the Rolex Day-Date ref. 18239 with its other counterparts in various metals featured some new upgrades enhancing its practicality and robustness. Powered by the firm’s new cal. 3155, it features for the first time a double quick-set function for adjusting both the day and date via the crown.

    Gaining significant interest among collectors in recent times, the Rolex Day-Date is adored by many as it has remained an iconic timepiece since its initial release in 1956. Witnessed on the wrists of presidents and important figures, the Day-Date also offers collectors with a wide array of variations with differing metals and dial materials.

    The present example Rolex Day-Date ref. 18239 from circa 1990 with an “E” serial is a wonderful specimen of the reference featuring an unpolished case with sharp edges. Furthermore, paired beautifully with a matching sunburst silver dial adorned with diamond-set indexes, this subtle yet classy example is perfect 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. 18239
A fine and attractive white gold wristwatch with center seconds, day, date, diamond-set indexes and bracelet

Circa 1990
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$78,000 - 155,000 
€10,200-20,200
$10,000-19,900

Sold for HK$119,700

Contact Specialist

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)