Rolex - Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Geneva Sessions Fall 2023 Geneva Friday, September 8, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2012
    Reference No: 218399BR
    Case No: 48H2U882
    Model Name: Day-Date 41
    Material: 18K white gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3156, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Rolex President bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 41mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated August 2012, bezel protector, tag, wallet, product literature, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    -Rolex surprised the horological community in 2008 with the release of the Day-Date II featuring a much larger and contemporary 41mm diameter case. Prior to the release, the Day-Date has never been offered in any other sizes, making the Day-Date II a milestone piece. A commercial success, due to the increase in demand for larger wristwatches, the new model was further upgraded with the cal. 3156. The model was discontinued in 2015.

    -The present example Rolex Day-Date II ref. 218399BR is not just an ordinary example but one adorned with a diamond pavé dial and a sublime baguette-cut diamond-set bezel that compliments the diamond-set dial alongside its white gold case.

    - Packed with more than just a presence on the wrist, gem-set Day-Dates have become more sought after by collectors in recent times, due to its wide array of selections and its timeless design.

    - Complete with original accessories, the present timepiece is further well-preserved adding on to its desirability.

  • 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. 218399BR
An extremely rare and attractive white gold and diamond-set wristwatch with guarantee, presentation box and outer packaging

41mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF70,000 - 140,000 

Sold for CHF88,900

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Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Geneva Sessions Fall 2023

8 - 15 September 2023