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

24 Rolex Extremely Rare and Precious, Datejust, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, White Enamel Porcelain Dial and Golden Text, Reference 16 018

Estimate: € 6,000 –⁠ 12,000

Sold € 11,700

Model: Datejust
Reference: 16018
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1981
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3035
Case N°: 6 724 509
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

The Rolex Datejust is arguably the staple of all Rolex lineages. Starting production in 1945, it can be said to embody Hans Wilsdorf’s vision of what Rolex was to represent, and testament to this, it remains in production to this day. Among the most important changes we find that of ’77, when the entire Rolex Datejust range received the new cal. 3035 equipped with a quick release date. This feature adds a further element of interest to the model, which, in the meantime, has become an authentic best-seller. This particular example is a representative of the 5-digit family, reference 16 018, made in yellow gold with reeded bezel and three body case. Preserved in very nice conditions, the present lot is more special considering its very rare white enamel dial. It has a very rare enamel porcelain-like gloss finish like the ones seen around that era on early Zenith Daytonas. The thick lacquer finish means that the gilt text almost floats on the surface of the dial, further embellished with applied baton markers.