Rolex Day-Date 18206 'Onyx'
- SKU 7474
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A fair share of Onyx-dialed Day-Date’s passed through our hands, but this is only the third time it is executed in a white metal.
Apart from Johnson167 (a collector from Hong Kong) we have probably handled the most Onyx dials in the world. Regardless, they always intrigue and it is easy to drown in the jet black dial. This chalcedony variety is in no way among the rarest stone dials, but without a doubt the most widely appreciated. Yet, there is a segment of Onyx dials that is exceedingly hard to come by: the ones with white print and matching day and date apertures.
These dials are produced to be enjoyed in white metal Day-Dates; either in 18k white gold or platinum. The last-mentioned material is what we have in today’s spotlight. There is merely one configuration for a double-quickset Day-Date in platinum that doesn’t feature any diamonds on the bezel or case; thus the cleanest and arguably the best match for such a simplistic dial: reference 18206. The reason Rolex opted for a domed bezel and did not offer any platinum option with fluted bezel was purely practical, as it is a more difficult material to cast.
The case and matching President bracelet are preserved very well and proudly display deep hallmarks of this most precious metal. Apart from the hallmarks, one can spot another small detail that is unique to Platinum Rolex watches; the single dot underneath the Rolex coronet on the crown. The heft that comes along with it truly gives you the feeling you are wearing an important watch and this piece is absolutely nothing short of that!
Again, we would like to emphasize the rarity of this coveted stone-dial. The last time an Onyx with white graphics hit the auctions was half a decade ago. Ever since only a handful traded hands beneath the service of the open market. This opportunity should not be missed for a collector eyeing a rare iteration like this. Most importantly it does not feature any cracks, hairlines, surface scratches or loss of printing.
Prominent Singaporean dealer “The Hour Glass” sold this watch in 1990 and therefore traditional Chinese discs are installed. Next to the papers -confirming the sale on the 24th of September- the watch comes with its original box and booklets.