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

166 Rolex Incredibly Rare and Absolutely Precious, Day-date, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With Tiffany-Blue Lacquered “stella” Dial, Reference 18 038

Estimate: € 25,000 –⁠ 50,000

Sold € 76,700

Model: Day-Date
Reference: 18038
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1977
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3055
Case N°: 5375600
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

In the early 1970s, as an era of exuberance and norm breaking was about to settle in around the Western world, Rolex decided to adorn their most complicated watch at the time, the Day-Date, in a rainbow of different colors like on the lot offered here. Encased in yellow gold and featuring a blue Stella dial, the present Rolex Day-Date reference 18 038, displays a clean and elegant aesthetic. It presents the beautiful blue Stella color that is very similar to the most famous Tiffany Color with its charming glossy appearance. The 36 mm width, waterproof case with screw back and crown is incredible when observed for the sharp edges of the lugs, the clean-reeded bezel and the original satin finish. The Stella dial doesn’t present any cracks and is further adorned by applied yellow-gold indexes with outer minutes scale and Rolex logo, aperture for the day and magnified the window for a date. Also provided with a very well-preserved president bracelet and Rolex clasp, the present lot is powered by the automatic caliber 3055. If you are looking for an extremely unique watch that offers something that few other Rolex timepieces do, this specific piece is an absolute must have.