An attractive and rare yellow gold wristwatch with sweep center seconds, day, date and “wood” dial

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1979
    Reference No: 18038
    Movement No: 0’162’929
    Case No: 5’803’570
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold plated Rolex pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement and clasp

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since its introduction the model has encased various types of dials ranging from the spectrum of the color wheel to the selection of natural hardstones. The level of precision craftsmanship involved to execute these unique dials are tremendously high as all natural materials have varied density and hardness.

    The present example is fitted with an exotic wood dial incased in yellow gold matching the beautiful tone of the dial.

  • Maker Bio

    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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Rolex

Ref. 18038
An attractive and rare yellow gold wristwatch with sweep center seconds, day, date and “wood” dial

勞力士,「Day-Date」型號18038,18K黃金自動上弦腕錶,備中心秒針、日期和星期顯示、木紋錶盤,約1979年製

Circa 1979
36mm Diameter
Dial, case, movement and clasp

Estimate
HK$80,000 - 150,000 
€9,200-17,300
$10,300-19,200

sold for HK$112,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
thomasperazzi@phillips.com
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019