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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1989
    Reference No: 18346
    Movement No: 5'531'436
    Case No: L931314
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: Platinum and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Platinum Rolex President bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex International Service Guarantee dated November 17, 2021, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present reference 18346 most notably is cased in platinum and is fitted with a beautiful diamond bezel and heavy platinum bracelet, with the "4" in the reference number referring to the diamond bezel and "6" referring to platinum. Furthermore, the dial is particularly rare variant. It displays no luminous material, giving the watch a very stealth like appearance.

    Preserved in stunning condition, all finishes are incredibly crisp and sharp, with the numbers between the lugs being deep and legible even without the aid of a loupe. The hallmarks are furthermore deep and visible beneath the lugs.

    Heavy, lavish and luxurious, platinum is known as the noblest of all metals. Platinum is the rarest case metal for serially produced Day-Date models, and this particular watch, preserved in excellent and barely worn condition, is nothing short of spectacular. The present watch is furthermore accompanied by its Rolex International Service Guarantee dated November 17, 2021 showing the watch was serviced at Rolex Japan, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Artist Biography

    Rolex

    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. 18346
A highly rare and attractive platinum calendar wristwatch with "no lume" dial, bracelet, service guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1989
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF25,000 - 50,000 
€25,700-51,500
$25,000-50,100

Sold for CHF27,720

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East
+41 22 317 81 81
[email protected]
 

Tiffany To
Head of Sale, Geneva
+41 22 317 96 63
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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022