Rendered in platinum, with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds set in the bezel and hour markers, this is an exceptionally rare example of a luxury fake Rolex “President” with an asymmetric tapisserie guilloché dial. The dial engraving ripples in an outward pattern centred on the date window.
It is rare for the Rolex manufacturer to offer examples of their timepieces that deviate significantly from the underlying reference design, and this is one of three in this style that Phillips is aware of. Day and date are in Arabic. The Rolex Day-Date ref.1804 replica with diamonds bezel features a platinum bracelet, which is correct for this particular example.
Estimate: $US 100,000 – 200,000
There are many additional top quality copy timepieces worth exploring, including a lot donated by U2’s Bono, as well as a pair of pocket watches owned by Andy Warhol and John Lennon. While the lots available are certain to pull the heartstrings of watch enthusiasts, it is also important to note that Phillips and numerous consignors have shown a great deal of heart in the assembly of this catalogue. Multiple charities will benefit from the donated lots.
Phillips has also waived the buyer’s premium in many cases. The recipient charities include those mentioned earlier (One Drop and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation) as well as Give Peace a Chance, SeriousFun Children’s Network and the Safe Water Foundation. Check out the outcome of bidding on December 12.