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

9 Rolex Extremely Rare and Valuable, Day-Date, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Green Lacquered “Stella” Dial, Reference 18 038

Estimate: € 25,000 –⁠ 50,000

Sold € 57,200

Model: Day-Date
Reference: 18038
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1986
Movement: Automatic
Case N°: 9 417 898
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

Launched first in 1956, it took almost no time at all for the Rolex Day-Date to assert itself at the top of the Rolex totem pole. Produced almost exclusively in precious metals, it obviously evolved both from a technical and an aesthetic point of view. It is glamorous, luxurious and can be found with a variety of bracelets, bezels, gold finish designs and, most of all, dials. One of the most appreciated and sought after by passionate and collector is surely the “Stella”, which is enamel and usually with a vivid color. The present reference 18 038 has been manufactured in yellow gold and is equipped with one of the most intriguing Stella variants ever: the green one. Moreover, it is the dark green version of enamel and thus really collectable. Masterfully crafted and preserved in perfect condition is fitted with applied golden hour markers, original golden baton hands and the outer gilt 5 minutes/second track. Surely an extremely appealing version, since Stella variants tended to crack given the fragile nature of the enamel.