The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.
Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261
146 Rolex Extremely Rare and Catching, Day-date, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow-gold, Diamond-Set Blue Degrade Dial and Bezel, With Tag and Rolex Sticker, Reference 18 348
Estimate: € 18,000 – 36,000
Sold € 39,000
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Case N°: E139455
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Tag and Sticker
The Day-date 18 348 offered here impresses for its conditions which have remained unchanged over time: this is exemplified by the presence on the back of the original Rolex sticker, the dial shows its mint conditions, full charm blue degraded layout, diamonds applied indexes, English calendar disc and yellow-gold baton hands and centered seconds. The reference 18 348 made by Rolex is one of very few equipped with the more precious and unusual diamond bezel instead of the classic fluted or a smooth one. The present lot is a specimen of this reference and has been produced in 18k yellow gold with a three-body solid tonneau case extremely well preserved and fresh with clear and deep hallmarks. Another interesting peculiarity is that both bracelet and case are oxidated, showing the original design like when it left the Rolex company. The movement is the automatic caliber 3155 and it is completed by its original tag.