A very fine and rare platinum and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, blue dégradé dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1997
    Reference No: 18366
    Case No: W781722
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: Platinum and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic
    Bracelet/Strap: Platinum Rolex President bracelet, 175 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 55B
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Rolex concealed folding deployant clasp stamped 8385
    Dimensions: 36.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex service receipt dated 10 June 2015.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present reference 18366 Day-Date features a very charismatic blue dégradé dial that showcase a rich blueness to the centre and fades off to black at the outer edge. The bezel, set with baguette-cut diamonds, is perfectly contrasting with the almost black outer edge of the dial. This maximizes the brilliance of each diamond and gives this watch a very attractive and appealing look.
    Of outstanding quality, the watch is of exceptional overall condition. This spectacular visual effect given by this platinum and diamond-set Day-Date fitted with a blue dégradé dial will mesmerize any discerning collector.

  • Maker Bio

    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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Rolex

Ref. 18366
A very fine and rare platinum and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, blue dégradé dial and bracelet

勞力士,非常精細及罕有,鉑金鑲鑽石自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針及漸變藍色錶盤,“Day-Date”,型號18366,1997年製

1997
36.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$320,000 - 500,000 

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

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