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

6 Rolex Highly Rare and Very Attractive, Day-Date, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Coral Dial, Reference 18 238, With Box and Papers

Estimate: € 20,000 –⁠ 40,000

Sold € 72,800

Model: Day-Date
Reference: 18 238
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1989
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3155
Case N°: L964167
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Accessories: Box, Warranty, Booklets and Additional Leather Strap

The Rolex Day-Date has no needs of any kind of introduction: iconic, elegant and versatile at the same time, this model has immediately become the milestone of the brand and has been explored in a myriad ways. Only one thing has always remained the same: the use, except for some incredibly rare prototype in steel, of precious material to make people understand the importance of this model. In order to elevate even more its magnitude, Rolex produced for a short period of time a limited number of natural stone dials. Considering the extremely difficult manufacturing process and the low numbers of production, these types of stone are absolutely sought after by collectors and among them certainly one of the most prestigious, is the coral stone dial. Of all natural stone dials, coral dials are by far the hardest to come by, due to the rarity of the material. No two coral dials are the same, as coral is a naturally occurring stone. This is an extraordinary yellow-gold Day-Date ref. 18 238 manufactured in 1989: the case exhibit intact shapes and originally preserved brushed surfaces, illustrating its remarkable conditions. The most significant trait of this watch, making it extremely attractive and sought after, is its pink coral dial which is part of the rarest dials ever created by Rolex. This feature is so important and fragile that Rolex even removed all numerals from the dial to draw attention to it, resulting in a clean design. With various natural hard stones each with its own distinct colour, texture and patterns, every single example is unique. This watch is accompanied with its original box and warranty which, furthermore, enhances this time piece.