Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 April 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

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

248 Rolex Very Important and Attractive, Day-Date, Automatic Wristwatch in Platinum, Birch Wood Dial, Diamond-set Bezel, Reference 18 346

Estimate: € 50,000 –⁠ 100,000

Sold € 65,000

Model: Day-Date
Reference: 18346
Case Material: Platinum
Bracelet Material: Platinum
Year: 1994
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3155
Case N°: S496254
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

The reference 18 346 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 last digit “6” represents Rolex’s use of platinum. Heavy, lavish and luxurious, this material is known as the noblest of all metals. The present lot is a specimen of this reference and has been produced 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 perfect, showing the original design like when it left the Rolex company. Most of all, the dial is amazing, realized using a light tone of wood, specifically the birch one. With most “wood” dials found in yellow-gold cases, the platinum variant is certainly very rare. Requiring precise execution, no “wood” dial is the same as another, making every single one “unique”. Moreover, wood dials are extremely hard to work with as they are brittle and for dial makers to cut out apertures of the day and date without fracturing the material requires supreme artisanal craftsmanship to execute. The present example is offered in attractive condition with a nice case, an excellent dial, Rolex sticker on the back and powered by the double quick set caliber 3155.