Exclusive Timepieces 23 –⁠ 24 April 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.

Session I
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Session II
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Session III
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273

264 Rolex Extremely Rare and Catching, Day-date, Automatic Wristwatch in Platinum, With Diamond-set Sea-foam Green Lacquered “stella” Dial and Bezel, Reference 18346

Estimate: € 60,000 –⁠ 120,000

Sold € 260,000

Lot Description

Model: Day-Date
Reference: 18346
Case Material: Platinum
Bracelet Material: Platinum
Year: 1992
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 1556
Case N°: N409615
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Literature: This specific watch is published in David Silver Book “Vintage Rolex— The Largest Collection in the World”

Flamboyant, whimsical and in stark contrast to Rolex’s tool watch aesthetic, the “Stella” are nowadays considered some of the most enchanting dials the Maison has ever produced. Introduced in the 1970s and made through the ’80s, these lacquered dials had a high-gloss finish and were available in a riot of colors, often differing from each other for a small variation tone. Nicknamed this way apparently for the name of the Swiss company that provided the special lacquer dials to Rolex, they were not popular initially but are highly collectable today. The example here offered is an astonishing specimen of 18346 fully realized in heavy platinum with a bracelet of the same material and a diamond-crusted bezel. The dials is simply incredible with its sea-foam green color and diamonds indexes that recall those on the over-mentioned bezel. Only a handful of Stella’s sea-foam green dials with platinum cases and diamond hour markers have appeared on the market in recent years, meaning that this very watch is an absolute chimera for collectors. This specific watch is published in David Silver Book “Vintage Rolex—The Largest Collection in the World.”