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    Sale 12572

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    30 May 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 2655

    ROLEX. A FINE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH DAY, DATE, SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS AND LAPIS LAZULI DIAL

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, DAY-DATE, REF. 18238, CASE NO. T424765, CIRCA 1996

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    ROLEX. A FINE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH DAY, DATE, SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS AND LAPIS LAZULI DIAL
    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, DAY-DATE, REF. 18238, CASE NO. T424765, CIRCA 1996
    Ca. 3155 automatic movement, 31 jewels, lapis lazuli dial, sweep centre seconds, aperture for day, magnified window for date, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, fluted bezel, screw back, screw down crown, 18k gold Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.
    US$10,000-15,000


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    This Day-Date is fitted with the extremely collectible and captivating lapis lazuli blue dial.

    The Day-Date is well known for having been a canvas onto which Rolex unleashed an innumerable amount of variations and experiments. Among the most appreciated stylistic exercises, the collector will without a doubt mention the famed hard stone dials. Rolex experimented with a number of different materials for these dials: coral, malachite, marble, fossils and others. The lapis lazuli version is perhaps the most eye-pleasing of them all: not only the deep blue color in itself is breathtaking, but the lapis lazuli natural inclusions add movement and flair to the dial. Indeed, most of the lapis dials, such as the present one, are free from scales or numerals: Rolex probably realized that the material in itself achieves a mesmerizing aesthetic result, and decided to leave the dial without further decorations.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory, tortoiseshell and crocodile. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.