Exclusive Timepieces 21 –⁠ 22 October 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The timepieces that we are offering at this auction are coming from all over the world and from some of the most prominent collections.
An incredibly impressive selection of truly rare Rolex Daytonas. A stunning and rare Cartier watch. A Patek Philippe in platinum from the 1920s, coming to auction for the first time, the John Goldberger Calatrava, which is one of the most sought-after reference 530s, to name but a few.

Session I: Saturday 21 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 108
Session II: Sunday 22 October, 10:30 AM – lots 109 to 172
Session III: Sunday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 173 to 281

182 Rolex Probably Unique Configuration, Extremely Precious, Attractive and Very Well Preserved, Day-Date, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Diamonds Lugs and Gorgeous Coral Dial, With Warranty, Reference 18 338

Estimate: € 180,000 –⁠ 360,000

Sold € 227,500

Model: Day-Date
Reference: 18 338
Case Material: Yellow Gold and Diamonds
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1996
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3155
Case N°: W008743
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Accessories: Warranty
Literature: For an historical provenance of the watch, please see: # Christie’s “Important Watches” Auctions Dubai, 22 March 2019 as lot 149 for USD 93,750

With its original debut in 1956, the Rolex Day-Date has acquired an important status of its own stature. Perceived by many as “The President’s Watch”, since then, the Day-Date has evolved in numerous variations such as the material of the dial. Natural materials including hard stones, wood, mother-of-pearl and others have always been an interesting sector to the fruitful heritage and innovative feature to Rolex timepieces. With various natural hardstones each with its own distinct colour and texture and patterns, every single example is unique. The present 18 338 showcases a beautiful coral dial: of all natural stone dials, coral ones are by far the hardest to come by, due to the rarity of the material. This particular example boasts a fiery color that is instantly recognizable upon a glance. The subtly veined texture of coral make the dial unique, and Rolex’s choice of removing any numerals to leave the dial as true protagonist of the watch resulted in a supremely clean, and yet far from dull, design. Already made extremely attractive and sought-after by its red coral dial, this Day-Date is distinguished by its diamond-set lugs and shines for the great conditions of preservations of both case and bracelet. Complete with its original Rolex guarantee stamped by the Italian retailer Astrua and dated August 1996, this present watch is extremely attractive and absolutely rare.