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

123 Rolex Very Rare and Well Preserved, Datejust, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, UAE Logo Dial, With Warranty, Reference 16 018

Estimate: € 10,000 –⁠ 20,000

Sold € 24,700

Model: Datejust
Reference: 16018
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1982
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3035
Case N°: 7563782
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Warranty, Tag and Additional Leather Strap

Rolex’s Datejust model was released in 1945 in celebration of the brands 40th anniversary as its first self-winding wristwatch with date window. The Datejust represented and still represents a turning point in Rolex history, bringing together all the features that its founder Hans Wilsdorf prized. It was indeed engineered as a resistant, automatic, and precise timepiece and sometimes featured some very special dials like the present lot. These rare watches offer a different design, since the dial comes with a special logo: the “UAE Armed Forces” Hawk as a special order for governments or prominent royals. Rolex watches have long been favored by Sheiks, army officials and the ruling party in the Middle East. The present reference 16 018 with original papers is one of these examples with a very striking dial and completed by the superb overall state of preservation of both the case and the president bracelet that make this special Datejust watch edition a pearl for any collector.