Rolex - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2000
    Reference No: 118208 further stamped 118200 and 2098 inside the case back
    Movement No: 38'805'749
    Case No: P921'227
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Yellow gold Rolex Oyster, reference 73'858, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Presented with box, outer packaging, product literature, original tag and Rolex writing pad. Further accompanied by Rolex punched guarantee confirming the sale of the present watch to E. Clapton in 2003

  • Catalogue Essay

    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.

    The present Day-Date, encased in yellow gold bearing the reference 118206 with a P-serial number, is an excellent representation of the model from the early 2000s.

    Mr. Eric Clapton is a true superstar and hugely admired across all generations. The highly acclaimed singer and songwriter is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ranking second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 greatest guitarists of all time, he is also known as an avid collector of fine art, rare motorcars, and fine wristwatches.

  • 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. 118208 further stamped 118200 and 2098 inside the case back
A fine and attractive yellow gold calendar wristwatch with black dial, diamond set numerals, box, and original certificate, formerly in the collection of Eric Clapton

36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for CHF18,750

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm