Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 October 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

One of the finest selections of vintage and contemporary watches we were able to put together. We tried to do our best to offer you extremely rare and well preserved collectable pieces of the best manufactures.

Session I: Saturday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 104
Session II: Sunday 23 October, 10:30 AM – lots 105 to 179
Session III: Sunday 23 October, 2:30 PM – lots 180 to 271

79 Rolex Charismatic and Colorful, Day-date, Automatic Wristwatch in Gold, Extremely Rare Pavè Diamond Set Dial and Ruby Indexes, Reference 18 238

Estimate: € 30,000 –⁠ 60,000

Model: Day-Date
Reference: 18238
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1989
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3155
Case N°: L372025
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

Listing all the stones and materials used by Rolex to manufacture the dials for the Day-Date is an extremely complicated quest: made under special request or directly inserted in the catalogues, these dials are elusive and they always manage to strike the collectors. Pave diamonds dials is surely part of this list and when embellished with colorful indexes are even more appreciable. The lot here offered is a truly charming example of reference 18 238 with a paved diamond dial accented with extremely rare yellow-gold ruby set hour markers. The reference 18 238 was the first Day-Date to feature the “Double Quick Set” mechanism, introduced with the superb, in-house Rolex caliber 3155. This significant improvement allows the rapid and instantaneous setting of both the day and the date indications by turning the crown. This specimen in yellow gold with the president bracelet has been preserved extraordinary conditions.