Exclusive Timepieces 23 –⁠ 24 April 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.

Session I
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Session II
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Session III
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273

42 Rolex Very Rare and Esteemed, Day-date, Automatic Wristwatch, in Gold, Bark Finish, Wood Dial, Reference 18248, Box and Papers

Estimate: € 18,000 –⁠ 35,000

Sold € 37,700

Lot Description

Model: Day-Date
Reference: 18248
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1989
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3155
Case N°: L395053
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Box and Papers

The Day-Date is well known for having been a canvas onto which Rolex unleashed an innumerable number of variations and experiments for cases style and dials. The example here offered is one of the creations that combines both of them with an unusual layout of case/bracelet and dial as well. This elegant reference 18248 from 1989 has a very well preserved 18k yellow-gold case and bracelet elegantly adorned with a bark finish on the bezel and central links on the bracelet. The “bark” finished bezel includes rectangular hour markers that line up perfectly with the applied baton hour markers on the very unusual wood dial. In addition to the indexes, the dial is accented with beige text, matching the minute markers along the outer chapter ring. The present reference is part of the new generation of Day-Date fitted with Rolex’s caliber 3155, which features a double quick-set function allowing for rapid adjustment of both the day and date. It remains well preserved after many years and is further embellished with its original box and warranty, making it a fine addition for any collector.