Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII Hong Kong Friday, November 24, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2020
    Reference No: 128238
    Case No: E2H67184
    Model Name: Day-Date 36
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3255, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex concealed folding clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated 1st October 2020, instruction manual, product literature, green card holder, hang tags, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Synonymous with timeless grandeur, the Rolex Day-Date model with its myriad of dials, bracelets, bezels and uses of case materials. Since 1956, it remains one of the most diverse and exciting flagship models the firm has ever produced. Apart from prototype models, the Day-Date has only been cased in precious metals, attesting to the gravity of its eminence.

    Released in 2019, the Day-Date ref 128238 inherits the signature fluted bezel and flowing lines that the model is known for. A true President watch, the new model is powered by an upgraded caliber 3255 that boosted its power reserve to 70 hours. Dressed in its full gold armor, its dial is exquisite. Only found in a few places on Earth, turquoise has been prized for thousands of years for its exotic hue. A perfect marriage of gold and blue, each piece of turquoise is organic and unique. To add a dose of extravagance, the applied hour markers are framed in matching yellow gold and set with 32 diamonds, and a Roman VI and IX with 24 diamonds.

    Exceptionally and preserved in its “like-new” condition, the present example boasts sharp finishes and crisp hallmarks is from circa 2020 and is further accompanied by its full set of accessories.

  • 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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Property from the Original Owner


Ref. 128238
A “like-new” rare and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with center seconds, day, date, turquoise dial, diamond-set Roman indexes, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2020
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$180,000 - 360,000 

Sold for HK$533,400

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII

Hong Kong Auction 24-25 November 2023