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
280 Rolex Outstanding and Extremely Lavish, Day-Date, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Pavè Diamond Dial, Arabic Calendar, Diamond-set Bezel, Lugs and Bracelet, Reference 118 388, With Box, Papers, Tag and Additional Links
Estimate: € 50,000 – 100,000
Sold € 52,000
Reference: 118 388
Case Material: Yellow Gold and Diamonds
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold and Diamonds
Case N°: 17W0X190
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Accessories: Box, Warranty, Service, Booklet, Tag and Additional Links
The Day-Date model was introduced to the market in 1956 and in the years many examples have made their appearance on the stage. The present reference 118 338 is one of the last creations made by Rolex, manufactured in fully 18k yellow gold with diamonds applied on the lugs and preserved in exceedingly good conditions. Classified as a luxury watch and witnessed on the wrists of many powerful and influential members of the society, the Day-Date is an icon of its own in the lineage of Rolex. The lot offered here is one of the very few examples known with this special dial made up of a set of round-cut diamonds and Roman indexes, important is the full Arabic calendar, which further renders this timepiece as one of the most desirable objects in the world of collectable Rolex. The presence of the Arabic calendar disc and numerals would have given this watch an exotic vibe in the 1980s but nowadays confers to the whole watch an aura of prestige and rarity with very few equals. Moreover, this example is even more special and rare since it offers a diamond set bezel, lugs and a president bracelet with inner links with diamonds as well. The three-body case with brushed, screwed down back and crown, sapphire crystal with cyclops lens is in great conditions and quality.