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

266 Rolex Striking and Sought After, Day-date, Automatic Wristwatch in Gold, With Lobster-red Lacquered “stella” Dial, Reference 18038, Full Set

Estimate: € 40,000 –⁠ 80,000

Sold € 117,000

Lot Description

Model: Day-Date
Reference: 18038
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1982
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3055
Case N°: 7294377
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Box, Papers and Booklets

Launched first in 1956, it took almost no time at all for the Rolex Day-Date to assert itself at the top of the Rolex totem pole. Produced almost exclusively in precious metals, it obviously evolved both from a technical and an aesthetic point of view. During the years the movement has been developed in order to set date and day easily while the design of the dials has reached some pick of beauty and elegance. The lot here offered in a wonderful specimen of reference 18038 in yellow gold with an incredibly gorgeous and rare red “Stella” dial. The reference 18038 is the upgrade of the 1803 and has a quick date change making it easier for the owner to set it. Preserved in very nice condition with a beautiful yellow-gold president bracelet and a well proportioned 36 mm Oyster case, it is also set with the over mentioned precious enamel red “Stella” dial. Rolex introduced hard enamel dials known as Stella dials on their Day-Date models in the 1970s and made them through the ’80s. These lacquered enamel dials had a high-gloss finish and were available in a riot of colors, tones you wouldn’t expect to see on a Rolex. Maybe not the rarest but surely one of the most appreciated by collectors and fans, the red enamel is absolutely incredible for quality and shininess: it is indeed intact and boasts a brilliant red sheen. The present watch will appeal to the nonconformist collector on a hunt for exclusive timepieces also for its original warranty that comes with it.