Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 April 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.


Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261

119 Rolex Rare and Desirable, Day-Date, Automatic Wristwatch, in Yellow Gold, Onyx Dial, Reference 18 038

Estimate: € 12,000 –⁠ 24,000

Sold € 38,350

Model: Day-Date
Reference: 18038
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1978
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3055
Case N°: 5 806 319
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

It is often forgotten that Rolex occasionally used precious hard stones in Datejusts and Day-Dates. These creations are now at the center of a whirling interest from collectors or anyone looking for something rare and unusual. Due to their fragile nature, many of these dials tended to break during their production, this problematic increased the manufacturing cost and that’s why these watches are highly sought after by collectors. The Day-Date is Rolex’s most prestigious line of dress watches since it was launched in 1956. Predominantly produced in either gold or platinum, Rolex introduced a special variant of the series during the 1980s. With the exception of the most modern executions, the Day-Date comes exclusively in a 36 mm case. The present reference 18 038 is one of these examples with a very striking onyx dial. The very nice overall state of preservation of both the case and the president bracelet pass almost in the background when compared with the magnificence of the black onyx dial with gilt printing, hands and applied logo which grants immediate and crystal-clear legibility.