Rolex - Glamorous Day-Date Geneva Friday, May 8, 2015 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2001
    Reference No: 118'205
    Case No: K323'211
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k Pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 3155
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex President, end links stamped 73855
    Clasp/Buckle: Concealed deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm. Diameter
    Signed: Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Punched Rolex guarantee, product literature, swing tags and fitted wooden presentation box with outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Towards the end of the Nineties to the early Twenty-First Century, Rolex started to re-introduce watches cased in pink gold. With its beautiful pale rose dial, highlighted by 10 sparkling diamond hour markers, the present Day-Date is a lavish example, and is a superb representative of the modern era. Collectors not only appreciate the rarity, looks and condition of their trophies but are equally fascinated by the history of their cherished pieces. It is consequently a complete dream when a fine timepiece once belonged to a celebrated collector or celebrity. In this instance, the present watch can offer both.Sir Eric Clapton, is a true superstar and highly successful singer, songwriter and the only three time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ranking second in Rolling Stone magazines list of 100 greatest guitarists of all time, he is also known as an avid collector of fine art, rare motorcars and fine collectors watches.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 118'205
A rare and attractive pink gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, bracelet, pink dial and original guarantee, formerly in the collection of Sir Eric Clapton

37mm. Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

CHF10,000 - 20,000 

Sold for CHF93,750

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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm