DAY-DATE, REFERENCE 18038
YELLOW GOLD DIAMOND-SET WRISTWATCH WITH DAY, DATE AND BRACELET
Calibre: cal. 3055 automatic, 27 jewels
Movement number: 1'810'108
Case: 18ct yellow gold Oyster, screw-down crown and back, personalised engraving to the back
Case number: 9'821'110
Closure: 18ct yellow gold Rolex President bracelet with integrated folding clasp
Dimensions: 36mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 160mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: presentation case
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DIAL: dial and hands in excellent condition. All tritium plots are present. Dial and hands react well under UV light, hands have likely been changed during a previous service. Date disc is in English. With minor chips to the periphery of the sapphire glass.
CASE: with scratches and inevitable traces of wear throughout. The bottoms of the lugs display strap changing marks. The back bears a personalised engraving "IME UMANAH". Inner-caseback is engraved with the 18000 reference.Hallmarks are in excellent condition, reference numbers between the lugs are clear and legible.
Bracelet: 8385 clasp, 55 endlinks. The President bracelet is reasonably stretched, concealed clasp locks securely.
MOVEMENT: in working order at the time of cataloguing, day and date advance, seconds hand hacks when crown is pulled out
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
The Rolex Day-date stands as one of the brand’s most luxurious wristwatches.
The iconic model was originally released in 1956 as the first waterproof and chronometer-certified automatic wristwatch to display the date at 3 o’clock and the day of the week in full letters at 12. Considered as an everyday dress watch and worn by the most influential men and women of the century, the Day-date was only available in precious metals, including yellow, rose and white gold as well as platinum. The Day-date is often referred to as the President Rolex, a name referring to its luxurious bracelet.
The reference 18038 was produced from 1977 to 1988 and introduced many new features to the model. The calibre 3055 added the newly developed quick-set date function to the Day-Date, while the reference 18038 was also the first to bear a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. These two changes added an immediate touch of modernity to the most elegant wristwatch offered by Rolex.
The present Rolex Day-date reference 18038 was made in 1986, two years before the transition to reference 18238. It offers the quintessential configuration for the model: a yellow gold Oyster case and matching three-link President bracelet, paired with a signature diamond-set champagne dial.