Exclusive Timepieces 20 –⁠ 21 April 2024 | Monaco

Auction Details

Auction sessions:

  • Session I – Saturday, 20 April, 2:30 PM – Lots 1 to 101
  • Session II – Sunday, 21 April, 10:30 AM – Lots 102 to 178
  • Session III – Sunday, 21 April, 2:30 PM – Lots 179 to 278

Auction preview:

Hôtel Mandarin Oriental
Monday 8 April, 10 AM to 6:30 PM
Tuesday 9 April, 10 AM to 6:30 PM
Wednesday 10 April, 10 AM to 2:00 PM

Hôtel Méridien Beach Plaza
Thursday 18 April, 11 AM to 8 PM
Friday 19 April, 10:30 AM to 8 PM
Saturday 20 April, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Absentee bid closing:

Saturday, 20 April, 12:00 PM CEST

Live auction opening:

Saturday, 20 April, 2:30 PM CEST

7 Rolex Extremely Well Preserved and Attractive, Day-Date, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Onyx Dial, With Warranty, Reference 18 038

Estimate: € 30,000 –⁠ 60,000

A 20% import VAT is due on the final price including premium, only if it is delivered within the EU.

Model: Day Date
Reference: 18038
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1987
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3055
Case N°: 9839669
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Accessories: Warranty

The allure of Rolex extends beyond the conventional, and a captivating chapter in its history involves the occasional use of precious hard stones in Datejusts and Day-Dates. These exceptional creations, often overlooked, have now become the focal point of intense interest among collectors and those seeking the rare and extraordinary. Their scarcity arises from the fragile nature of these dials, prone to breakage during production, resulting in increased manufacturing costs. This inherent challenge adds to the desirability of these watches among collectors. Since its introduction in 1956, the Day-Date has been synonymous with glamour and luxury. The iconic aesthetic of this reference has solidified its place as a constant in Rolex’s production, engineered not just as a robust, automatic, and precise timepiece but occasionally featuring extraordinary dials crafted from precious hard stones. These exceptional timepieces deviate from the conventional design by omitting canonical indexes, showcasing only the applied crown logo at 12 o’clock. The present Rolex reference 18 038 stands as a remarkable example of this unique tradition, boasting a striking onyx dial. The exceptional state of preservation of the case is immediately evident, with the Japanese Rolex sticker on the back almost fading into the background against the beauty of the black onyx dial. The gilt printing, hands, and applied logo contribute to an elegant contrast, ensuring immediate and crystal-clear legibility. To enhance the watch’s linearity, this 18 038 comes with its original warranty, a distinctive feature printed in Japanese, a touch that passionate collectors and aficionados will undoubtedly appreciate. In its entirety, this Rolex Day-Date reference 18 038 with an onyx dial represents not only a rare and visually striking timepiece but also a testament to Rolex’s ability to blend innovation, luxury, and meticulous craftsmanship.

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