Rolex Day-Date 18168 'Honeycomb Pavé'

Museum Piece
A Day-Date with more carats than a rabbit.


A Day-Date with more carats than a rabbit. And, we’ve really tried to count ‘em, but we honestly lost track given the insane number of stones on this superlative Day-Date.

Where does one start with such a piece? Perhaps the reference would be a good place to depart from. The ref. 18168, a rare sub-reference of the 180xx series made in the 1980s, was reserved for watches with baguette-set bezels, executed here with 24 magnificent deep blue sapphires.

It’s difficult to imagine, but the bezel is outclassed by the dial. Consisting of an 18K yellow gold base, it is exquisitely pavé set with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires in a dazzling honeycomb motif that simultaneously resembles a shimmering bed of flowers.

And, if all that weren’t enough, the 18K yellow gold Jubilee bracelet is factory-set with diamonds on the center three links as well.

This mesmerizing Day-Date dates back to 1986 and is in excellent condition.