Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1989
    Reference No: 18238, inside caseback 18200
    Movement No: 5’389’463
    Case No: L743’719
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, endlinks stamped 55 B, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex President concealed folding clasp stamped “8385”
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Rolex Guarantee stamped Bucherer Luzern dated 12th August 1991 and fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present example is a beautiful ref. 18238 fitted with an electrifying grainy burgundy red grossular rubellite dial. Measuring between 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, grossular rubellite requires skilled dial makers and gem setters to execute such perfection on creating the exquisite dial. Presented in excellent overall condition and accompanied by the original guarantee and presentation box, this is a wonderful watch for collectors looking to add a bit of flare to the collection.

  • 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. 18238, inside caseback 18200
A fine, attractive and rare yellow gold wristwatch with day, date, sweep center seconds, “grossular rubellite” dial, diamond indexes, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1989
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$120,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$237,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019