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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1995
    Reference No: 18206
    Movement No: 7’120’484
    Case No: W664’393
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Platinum Rolex President bracelet, endlinks stamped “55B”, max length 175mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Rolex concealed folding clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex Hong Kong Service Invoice.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Replacing the Day-Date ref. 1800 series, Rolex introduced the ref. 18000 series in 1977 featuring various upgrades from its iconic ancestor including a new movement. In 1988, Rolex released the ref. 18200 series of Day-Date timepieces equipped with yet another new movement cal. 3155 featuring a superbly practical double quick-set function allowing the wearer to set the day and date indication independently from the center hands.

    The present example Rolex Day-Date ref. 18206 from circa 1995 is offered in excellent overall condition. Encased in a hefty platinum 36mm diameter case with a smooth bezel, the silvered sunburst dial with diamond-set indexes further enhances the luxurious appeal of the present timepiece. Freshly serviced from Rolex Service Center in Hong Kong, the refreshed appeal of the present example is certainly one to desire for.

  • 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. 18206
A fine and attractive platinum wristwatch with center seconds, day, date, diamond-set indexes and bracelet

Circa 1995
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 200,000 
€12,900-21,500
$15,400-25,600

Sold for HK$226,800

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021