Exclusive Timepieces, Sessions I, II, III 23 –⁠ 24 April 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.

Session I
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Session II
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Session III
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273

142 Rolex Charismatic and Colorful, Day-date, Automatic Wristwatch in Gold, Extremely Rare Emerald Mother-of-pearl Dial, With Sticker, Reference 18238

Estimate: € 20,000 –⁠ 40,000

Sold € 33,800

Lot Description

Model: Day-Date
Reference: 18238
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1995
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3155
Case N°: W315231
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

Listing all the stones and materials used by Rolex to manufacture the dials for the Day-Date is an extremely complicated quest: made under special request or directly inserted in the catalogues, these dials are elusive and they always manage to strike the collectors. Mother-of-pearl dials is surely part of this list and when embellished with colorful indexes are even more appreciable. The lot here offered is a truly charming example of reference 18238 with a MOP dial accented with extremely rare yellow-gold emerald set hour markers. The reference 18238 was the first Day-Date to feature the “Double Quick Set” mechanism, introduced with the superb, in-house Rolex caliber 3155. This significant improvement allows the rapid and instantaneous setting of both the day and the date indications by turning the crown. This very specimen in yellow gold with the president bracelet has been preserved extraordinarily, as testified by the green Rolex sticker on the back. Precious but at the same time elegant, this lot is will provide the future owner with great pleasure and surely represents one of the nicest and rarest configurations of mother-of-pearl dials considering the limited use of emerald as indexes.