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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1995
    Reference No: 18238
    Case No: W537270
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold and diamond
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K Yellow Gold Rolex President bracelet, endlinks stamped “55 B”, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K Yellow Gold Rolex deployant clasp, stamped “8385”
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex punched guarantee stamped Dickson Watch & Jewellery Co., LTD. Hong Kong dated 25th January 1999 and Rolex leather presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1988 Rolex introduced the revolutionary caliber 3155, which allowed for quick setting both the day and date through the crown. The present reference 18238 is an exemplary model with English calendar and a wonderful black lacquer dial with baguette-cut diamond-set numerals. In excellent condition with one light sympathetic polishing in the past, the case has strong proportions and is elegantly enhanced by the black dial and diamond-set numerals. The watch is accompanied by its original box and papers and is a wonderful opportunity to own a rare legend.

  • 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. 18238
A very fine and attractive gold calendar wristwatch with, sweep center seconds, diamond-set black lacquer dial, bracelet, guarantee and fitted presentation box.

Circa 1995
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 200,000 
€13,700-22,800
$15,400-25,600

Sold for HK$212,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
[email protected]
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019