Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1995
    Reference No: 18296
    Movement No: 7’069’622
    Case No: W006’859
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3155, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Platinum Rolex President bracelet, max length 175mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Rolex concealed folding clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an undated Rolex guarantee stamped Chung Mei Watch Co. and hang tags.

  • Catalogue Essay

    While it is important to reflect on the prestigious heritage of the Rolex Day-date and its importance it has embezzled over the decades from royalty to state figures, the Day-Date is perhaps more than just that. A symbol of elegance, precision timekeeping and timeless design, the Day-Date was really the first of its kind when it was first introduced in the 1950s. Since then, the model has come to fruition with various upgrades it has undergone over its generations, whilst maintaining its flare by an array of colours, material and design it has to offer.

    Cased in hefty platinum and with its lugs decorated with brilliant-cut diamonds is the present Rolex Day-Date ref. 18296 a rare bird in the family of Day-Dates. Fitted with a smooth bezel, it frames a rare and exotic lavender purple sunburst dial further charmed with diamond-set indexes. Offered in excellent overall condition, the present example boasts an unpolished case with sharp and crisp edges. For collectors who appreciate a subtle bit of bling combined with timeless design and rarity, this is certainly an outstanding addition to any collection of fine Day-Dates.

  • 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. 18296
A very fine and rare platinum and diamond-set wristwatch with center seconds, day, date, purple sunburst dial, diamond-set indexes, bracelet and guarantee

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

Estimate
HK$200,000 - 360,000 
€24,500-44,100
$25,600-46,200

Sold for HK$378,000

Contact Specialist

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)