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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2022
    Reference No: 128235
    Case No: 6R’Z18’709
    Model Name: Day-Date 36
    Material: 18K Everose gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3255, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K Everose gold Rolex President bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K Everose gold Rolex concealed folding clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated 1 March 2022, instruction manual, product literature, hang tags, green card holder, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The venerable Day-Date has long stood as a paragon of Rolex ingenuity. Traditionally cased at 36mm, a larger 41mm variant debuted in 2008 as the Day-Date II. Today, the Day-Date family is available in classic 36mm and contemporary 40mm options.

    While Rolex has always pioneered material innovations, like hardstone dials, recent collector enthusiasm for such uniqueness has grown exponentially. To date, the maison has incorporated 25 exquisite hardstones, each prized for rarity and peerless craftsmanship.

    In 2021, Rolex subtly unveiled its newest creation – the 25th hardstone dial, Eisenkiesel. This Germanic semi-precious quartz, speckled with iron inclusions, normally manifests in warm yellow, red or brown hues. Its hardy 7 Mohs hardness provides durable elegance. Here, set against Rolex's own Everose gold case, the dial dazzles in its unique pattern of brown hues, further embellished with diamond-set Roman numeral indexes in a dazzling display of jewelry watchmaking.

    Offered here in nearly unworn condition complete with accompanying accessories, this 36mm Rolex Day-Date ref. 128235 represents an opportunity to acquire the extraordinary Eisenkiesel dial at auction, bypassing the boutique waiting list. For collectors of exceptional Day-Dates, the present example is a sublime horological treasure.

  • 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. 128235
An attractive and rare Everose gold wristwatch with center seconds, day, date, Eisenkiesel dial, diamond-set Roman numeral indexes, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2022
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$200,000 - 460,000 

Sold for HK$381,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII

Hong Kong Auction 24-25 November 2023