Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 19, 2023

LOT 130


EUR 70,000 - 90,000

USD 75,000 - 97,000 / HKD 590,000 - 760,000 / CHF 70,000 - 90,000

Sold: EUR 85,800

Very fine and very rare, 18K white gold, self-winding, "tonneau"-shaped, gentleman's wristwatch, water-resistant with screwed case-back, 18K white gold fluted inclined bezel, grey colour meteorite dial with applied diamond-set indexes, centre-seconds, date of the month (aperture at 3 o'clock under Cyclops lens) and day of the week (aperture at 12 o'clock; indication given in English).

Grading System
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Geneva

Model "Day-Date 40"

Reference 228239 / 2419

Year sold on December 7, 2021

Movement No. 1P336734

Case No. 1J1K0868

Material 18K white gold

Bracelet 18K white gold Rolex "President" bracelet with deployant clasp

Diameter 40 mm.

Length 160 mm. (approx.)

Caliber 3255, 31 jewels

Length 160 mm. (approx.)

Weight 206.7 gr. (approx.)

Signature dial, case and movement

Accessories original fitted box and outer box, international guarantee-card, booklet, Rolex leather card-holder and hang-tag


Considered as the most luxurious everyday dress-watch model of Rolex, the "Day-Date" was introduced in 1956. Having been worn by many US presidents, it was nicknamed the “president’s watch” and therefore was associated to empowerment and success.

The model has undergone numerous variations and technical evolutions. The "Day-Date 40" Ref. 228239 was introduced in 2015 at Baselworld, with a case bigger than the classic "Day-Date" (36 mm.), but yet not as large as the predecessor "Day-Date II" with its 41 mm. – which was launched in 2008. It is available in gold or platinum and powered by a new 3255 calibre. This caliber is both a COSC Certified Chronometer and a Superlative Chronometer.

Then, in 2018, the manufacture introduced a new meteorite dial option for this 18K white gold version. The indexes of this "Day-Date" are baguette-cut diamonds.

The significance of the reference number is as follows: 2282 stands for “Day-Date 40”, 3 for fluted bezel and 9 for white gold.