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

219 Rolex Extremely Rare and Very Important, Day-Date, Automatic Wristwatch, in Yellow Gold, Wood Dial, Green Khanjar Logo, Reference 18 038, Published in Pucci Papaleo’s Book “DAY-DATE, The Presidential Rolex”, With Pucci Papaleo Letter

Estimate: € 50,000 –⁠ 100,000

Sold € 75,400

Model: Day-Date
Reference: 18038
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1987
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3055
Case N°: R319955
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Letter by Pucci Papaleo Confirming the Presence of This Watch in the Book “DAY-DATE, The Presidential Rolex”
Literature: This specific watch is published in Pucci Papaleo’s Book "DAY-DATE, The Presidential Rolex" at Page 280-281

Ever glamorous and luxurious, the Day-Date model delights with its myriad of dial, bracelet, bezel and gold-finished designs. The firm has elevated its Day-Date models with materials such as rubellite, blood stone, coral, and even fossil, providing an unusual design twist to the iconic model. Highly attractive and rare, the present 18 038 features an exquisite walnut briar-root dial with gold graphics and further enhanced by the green crossed spades printed at 6 o’clock. Besides representing a symbol of national pride as well as manhood, the Omani Khanjar dagger embodies the authentic heritage to be handed down and cherished by the future generations. Exceptionally preserved, still, presenting the original green sticker Rolex on the case back, the watch is also allied to an 18k gold jubilee bracelet of strong proportions. There is a definitive warmth that the dial offers. Further preciousness is the fact that this very watch is the one that Mr. Pucci Papaleo, one of the most (if not THE most) prominent watches’ book publisher, has decided to insert in its colossal book “DAY-DATE, The Presidential Rolex” at Page 280–281 book, as confirmed by a letter signed by Mr. Papaleo himself.