Oysterquartz Day-Date, Ref 19018 Yellow gold wristwatch with day, date and bracelet Circa 1986
Oysterquartz Day-Date, Ref 19018
Yellow gold wristwatch with day, date and bracelet
Calibre: cal. 5055 quartz, 11 jewels
Movement number: 0'125'976
Case: 18k yellow gold, screw-down back
Closure: 18k yellow gold Rolex Oysterquartz bracelet and folding clasp
Dimensions: 36 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 175 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex Guarantee, instruction manual and presentation box
MVT: running at the time of cataloguing. Day, date and hacking seconds in working order.
CASE: in very good and attractive condition with strong case lines and what appears to be original green Rolex 19018 sticker to the back. There are some scratches and small dings to the band visible with the naked eyes. All serials and hallmarks are intact and fully legible. The inner case back is stamped 19000. Bracelet 19018A in very good condition with tight links and some visible surface wear.
DIAL: in very good condition with minor surface blemishes visible when very closely examining the dial. There are also minor dust particles visible. The hands have likely been replaced at some point.
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The date function is working properly. The dial is in very attractive condition with all luminous plots present and react under UV. The case with minor surface wear throughout and minor polishing. The band with minor pinhead ding. Underneath the lugs with minor surface scratches from removing the bracelet. The case with strong hallmarks. The case back with surface wear throughout. The watch has been gently polished during a servicing before. The bracelet is slightly stretched and with surface wear visible to the naked eye, but overall it is a very charming example.
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 but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). 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 SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
Rolex launched their very first quartz wristwatch in 1970, introducing the Beta 21 powered ref. 5100 which was produced for two years in roughly 1000 examples. The Rolex Oysterquartz was launched in 1977 with the references 17000 and 17013. For the first time, the Swiss brand had fitted their quartz watches with an in-house caliber and an Oyster case. The Day-Date was eventually released in its Oysterquartz version the same year, with the references 19018 and 19019.
The present Oysterquartz Day-Date in yellow gold bears the ref. 19018 and a 36 mm Oyster case, fitted with an integrated bracelet. The 36 mm wristwatch is powered by the Rolex caliber 5055, featuring quick-date and stop seconds features. The timepiece stands in great condition and represents a rare opportunity to acquire a historically important Rolex watch.