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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1996
    Reference No: 18206
    Movement No: 7’238’386
    Case No: T103’902
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Platinum Rolex President bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Rolex concealed folding clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex instruction manual, hang tags, card holder, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released as the successor to the iconic ref. 1800 series, Rolex introduced the ref. 18000 series in 1977 featuring new upgrades while retaining its signature charm. In 1988, Rolex replaced the ref. 18000 series with the new ref. 18200 series equipped with another new cal. 3155 featuring a very practical double quick-set function allowing the wearer to adjust the day and date without interrupting the center hands.

    The present example Rolex Day-Date ref. 18206 from circa 1996 in platinum is truly a classic. Subtly paired with an attractively aged silvered sunburst dial which has developed a warm hue over the years, the combination of the baton indexes along with its Roman numerals on the outer track features luminous plots sandwiched in between for legibility. With a hefty yet luxurious presence on the wrist, a platinum Day-Date almost never disappoints.

  • 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, bracelet and presentation box

Circa 1996
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 200,000 
€11,100-22,200
$12,800-25,600

Sold for HK$201,600

Contact Specialist

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021