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

23 Rolex Special and Refined, Day-Date, Automatic Wristwatch, in Yellow Gold, Jasper Dial, Reference 18 038

Estimate: € 20,000 –⁠ 40,000

Sold € 62,400

Model: Day-Date
Reference: 18038
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1985
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3055
Case N°: 9338758
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

A very attractive and unusual combination of rich green jasper dial and yellow gold. Rolex is arguably the most famous brand in the world when it comes to distinctive timepieces. Among its most appreciated models, the day date is the very essence of a luxurious timekeeping, provided with a day and date function. It was launched in 1956 as a niche model and was only produced in precious metals. The lot here offered is a notable specimen of reference 18 038 with an 18k yellow-gold case and bezel. Since the caliber is the 3055, it has the quick-set date functions that make it highly practical and comfortable. The captivating green jasper dial was produced in a small number by Rolex. Over the years Rolex has and continues to experiment with many different dial designs with a variety of hard stones. Due to their fragile nature, many of these dials break during production which increases the manufacturing cost, so these watches are highly sought after by collectors.