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

195 Rolex Extremely Well Preserved and Attractive, Day-Date Bark Finish, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Lacquered Green and Diamond-Set Dial, With Box and Papers, Reference 18 248

Estimate: € 30,000 –⁠ 60,000

Sold € 40,300

Model: Day-Date
Reference: 18248
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1988
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3155
Case N°: L427074
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Box, Papers and Additional Link

The Day-Date is well known for having been a canvas onto which Rolex unleashed an innumerable number of variations and experiments for cases style and dials. But what truly makes a watch exceptional? Can it be the complexity of its mechanism or rather the choice of materials and finishes? Maybe the design or the style? The true secret of success lies in the masterful combination of flair, creativity, personality and, of course, a bit of luck. This elegant reference 18 248 from 1988 is surely the perfect example of successful creation. First of all, is not a simple Day-Date but the most prestigious version with the bark finishing that goes on the bezel and bracelet, all preserved in astonishing conditions. The present reference is part of the new generation of Day-Date fitted with Rolex’s caliber 3155, which features a double quick-set function allowing for rapid adjustment of both the day and date. Further preciousness is the dark green lacquered dial with gilt text and applied brilliant cut diamonds around all the minutes scale. Shiny at every glance, with its original box and papers, this watch can definitely be considered as an exceptional watch.