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

199 Rolex Very Rare and Well Preserved, Day-Date, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With Khanjar Logo Dial, Reference 18 038

Estimate: € 15,000 –⁠ 30,000

Sold € 24,700

Model: Day-Date
Reference: 18038
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1981
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3055
Case N°: 6 633 168
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

The Day-Date is arguably one of Rolex’s coolest models, and indisputably worn by some of the most important figures in history: also known as “President” watch, is one of the brand’s most sought-after models. Aesthetically not much has changed since the model was introduced in 1956, as a testament to its timeless character. The reference 18 038, such as the present watch, was produced until 1988 and is recognizable by its yellow-gold case and fluted bezel. This rare example with “Khanjar” dial is in excellent overall conditions: the case is as original today as it was 40 years ago. The dial with the emblem of Oman is as fresh as the case, and makes a wonderful addition for any passionate collector. Powered by Rolex’s caliber 3055, the most notable upgrade from earlier references, with “quick-set” feature, enabling the wearer to change the date with ease by simply pulling out the crown halfway.