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
87 Rolex Extremely Rare and Very Important, Day-Date,Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With Light Green Diamond-Set Stella Dial, Reference 18 078
Estimate: € 50,000 – 100,000
Sold € 91,000
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Case N°: 6306555
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Patented in 1955 and released only a year later, the Rolex Day-Date presented itself as a watch of undoubted charm but often also very undervalued given its complication that could indicate the day of the week and the date. This particular watch is a reference 18 078 and is one of the few examples of Day-Date due to a number of reasons. Firstly, the perfect conditions of the 18k yellow-gold case and another important thing of this watch is the very rare “bark finish” bezel and bracelet. Such special decoration is really hard to find on this kind of watch: the fact that this motif is also repeated in the central band of the bracelet makes the present watch really exceptional. Moreover, the dial as well is something spectacular with the unusual combination of diamond-set indexes on a Green Stella dial. Rolex experimented with many colors for Stella dials and one of the most graceful yet at the same time appreciated by collectors is the green one. Completed by the English-day calendar, this lot is a true gem for the Day-Date aficionados.