ROLEX | DAY-DATE, REFERENCE 18038, A YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET WRISTWATCH WITH DAY, DATE, BLUE DÉGRADÉ 'STELLA' DIAL AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1979 | 勞力士 | "Day-Date 型號18038 黃金鑲鑽石鏈帶腕錶，備日期、星期顯示及藍色錶盤，錶殼編號5953641，約1979年製"
DAY-DATE, REFERENCE 18038
A YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET WRISTWATCH WITH DAY, DATE, BLUE DÉGRADÉ 'STELLA' DIAL AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1979
Dial: blue dégradé stella
Calibre: cal. 3055 automatic, 27 jewels
Case: 18k yellow gold, screw down case back
Case number: 5'953'641
Closure: 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet and folding clasp
Size: 37 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 173 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex presentation box
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The day and date function is working properly. The luminous plots and hands are not reacting under a UV light. The case is in very good overall condition with minor dings toward the bottom left lug. The band with minor signs of wear and tiny pinhead dings throughout. The case back with minor surface wear throughout the edges. The bracelet with very light signs of wear visible with a strong loupe and the links are a little stretched.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports 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. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. 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.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands 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."
The charm of the blue dégradé stella dial comes from its progressive presentation, with the navy blue centre fading away into the abyss. To reinstate a demand for quality pieces during the Quartz War, Rolex introduced these exciting dial designs to the market, like the present example. An iconic model cased in yellow gold and enhanced with diamond indexes, the present Day-Date makes an illusive and mysterious presence on the wrist.