Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1988
    Reference No: 18038
    Movement No: 1’955’786
    Case No: 9’690’787
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold, rubies and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3055, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex President bracelet endlinks stamped 55 B, max length 175mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex President concealed folding clasp stamped 8385
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp
    Accessories: Further accompanied by punched Rolex Guarantee stamped Artland Watch Co., LTD Hong Kong dated 28th November 1988, Rolex International Service Guarantee dated 6th November 2012, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    With its production started in 1977 and seized in 1988, the reference 18038 was distinguished by its upgrade to sapphire crystal which was a transition from the original Plexiglas. The present example fitted with a beautiful champagne colored dial matching the tone of the case and further enhanced by diamond and ruby-set indexes, the watch spills an extravagant aura. It is also accompanied by the original guarantee and presentation box.

  • Artist Biography


    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
A fine and rare yellow gold, diamond and ruby-set wristwatch with sweep center seconds, day, date, bracelet guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1988
36mm Diameter
Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp

HK$120,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$137,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019