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

25 Rolex Very Fascinating and Fine, Day-Date, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Purple Dial, Reference 18 038, With Service Booklet

Estimate: € 12,000 –⁠ 24,000

Sold € 33,800

Model: Day-Date
Reference: 18038
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1979
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3055
Case N°: 5 909 739
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Service

Rolex is known in the world of vintage watch collecting for being one of the brands that most dared with intriguing designs. Patented in 1955 and released only a year later, the Rolex Day-Date presented itself as a watch of undoubted charm but often also very undervalued given its complication that could indicate the day of the week and the date. In 1977, Rolex introduced a new movement for the Day-Date generation, caliber 3055. It is the first Rolex movement to have a quick-set function, making it very easy to correct the date. The present lot is a very pleasant example of Day-Date reference 18 038, immediately recognizable for its special fluted bezel in yellow gold. Preserved in great condition, the yellow-gold case is still nice with sharp gold marks and hallmarks on the lugs, the dial is very particular with its purple color with English calendar and is resumed by the hands that shine on the surface. This lot is completed by its original service card and booklet.