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.

Rolex Day-DateThe very essence of luxurious time-keeping, provided with a day and date function. It was launched in 1956 as a niche model and was only produced in precious metals, the retail price was way costlier than previous models. However, due to its popularity among a lot of prestigious people (for example a lot of Presidents, hence its nickname/ bracelet name), it became Rolex’ flagship model. Over the years this model enjoyed associations with various ‘kinds of people’, from celebrities to Mafiosi (like Tony Soprano). They had all one thing in common: being successful in their area of expertise. To this day the Day-date is still synonymous with prestige and style. With exception of the most modern models the Day-Date comes in at 36mm. Do you earn this watch?