Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2021
    Reference No: 226679TBR
    Case No: 31Z83458
    Model Name: Yacht-Master
    Material: 18K white gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3235, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated 2021, product literature, hang tag, card holder, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Even in this rarefied world made of endless waiting lists and incredibly strict allocation systems, there are different levels of rarity. While indeed some sports models are more collectible than others, the true endgame lies within the “out of catalogue” products. It is rare, but not unheard of, when Rolex Authorized Dealers occasionally offer to their most important clients the opportunity to buy watches that are not part of the public collection, but rather made in extremely low numbers and offered directly to the client, if she or he is deemed worthy. The present watch is one such example.

    Lavishly set with baguette diamonds on the bezel, the present Yachtmaster is most notably an "off catalog" model released in 2021 that was only available to Rolex's very best clients. Preserved in barely worn condition, it is most notably offered with all its original accessories and is the first time the model ever appears on the auction market.

  • 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. 226679TBR
A highly rare and attractive white gold and diamond-set wristwatch with center seconds, date, guarantee and presentation box

42mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF70,000 - 140,000 

Sold for CHF100,800

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022