Rolex Platinum Day-Date II Reference 218206

When Rolex unveiled the Day-Date in 1956, it made waves as the first calendar wristwatch to indicate the day written in full on the dial, along with the date. Positioned as the most exclusive of Rolex watches, the Day-Date quickly became the top choice among the world's leaders, celebrities, and businessmen. The post Rolex Platinum Day-Date II Reference 218206 appeared first on Bob's Watches.

Rolex Platinum Day-Date II Reference 218206

Produced between 2008 and 2015, the reference 218206 is the 41mm version of the iconic Rolex Day-Date that is crafted from solid 950 platinum. First introduced in 1956 as Rolex’s new flagship line of watches, the Day-Date collection and its signature President bracelet are only ever constructed from precious metals. While Rolex still produces a platinum Day-Date, the current-production version has a 40mm case (rather than 41mm), making the Day-Date II ref. 218206 the largest platinum Rolex President that has ever been created.

Rolex Day-Date II Reference 218206

Platinum Day-Date 218206 Key Features:

– Reference Number: 218206

– Production Years: 2008 – 2015

– Case Size: 41mm

– Materials: 950 Platinum

– Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Date Display, Day-Display

– Dial: Ice Blue (Other Options Available)

– Bezel: Fixed, 950 Platinum, Smooth Style

– Crystal: Sapphire (Flat w/ Cyclops Lens)

– Movement: Rolex Caliber 3156

– Water Resistance: 100 Meters / 330 Feet

– Strap/Bracelet: 950 Platinum President Bracelet

Rolex Platinum Day-Date II President 218206

What Is the Rolex Day-Date II?

When Rolex first unveiled the Day-Date in 1956, it made waves as the first calendar wristwatch to indicate both the date and the day of the week, written in full. Positioned as the most exclusive of Rolex watches and assuming the role as the brand’s new flagship collection, the Day-Date quickly became the top choice among the world’s leaders, celebrities, athletes, and businessmen.

More than half a century after the inaugural Day-Date first made an appearance, Rolex expanded its flagship luxury watch collection with the Day-Date II, marking the first time in history that Rolex’s dual calendar watch was produced with a case size other than 36mm. Making its debut at Baselworld 2008, the Day-Date II offered collectors a bigger and bolder way to wear the famous Rolex President watch.

Rolex Day-Date II Platinum President 218206

A Bigger Rolex President

Compared to the 36mm case size of the traditional Day-Date, the 41mm size of the Day-Date II was a significant increase. Needless to say, the larger size was very well appreciated by those that had been asking for a larger Day-Date model for a number of years. 36mm is an incredibly versatile size that works well on a wide variety of wrists; however, for a statement piece, some felt that 36mm was simply too small, and this was especially true among larger wrists and fans of bigger timepieces.

Today, the Rolex Day-Date II and its slightly smaller successor, the Day-Date 40 are among the most popular luxury watches in the world. While you can frequently spot some of these larger Rolex President watches on a number of celebrities and affluent individuals, the Day-Date II and Day-Date 40 seem to be particularly popular among professional athletes, and LeBron James, Draymond Green, Devonta Freeman, and Carmelo Anthony all have multiple Rolex President watches in their collections.

Rolex Platinum Day-Date II President 218206 Ice Blue Dial

Rolex Platinum Day-Date II Ref. 218206

Similar to the traditional Day-Date 36, the Rolex Day-Date II is exclusively available in either 18k gold or 950 platinum. At the top of the heap is the Day-Date II reference 218206, which is constructed almost entirely from solid platinum. From its round Oyster case to its iconic semicircular three-link President bracelet, this 41mm platinum Day-Date II is stunning.

Additionally, while the Rolex Day-Date II reference 218206 can be found with several different dials, it is also available with the elusive (and exclusive) ice blue dial. Only ever fitted to solid platinum Rolex models, ice blue dials serve as a subtle way to convey the ultra-luxurious nature of the ref. 218206’s full platinum construction. Rather than having just a straightforward metallic sunburst finish, the ice blue dial of the Rolex Day-Date II ref. 218106 is further embellished with concentric circles on the periphery, along with Roman numeral markings in a darker shade of blue that match the hands and add a beautiful overall effect to the face of the watch.

Although Rolex eventually discontinued the Day-Date II in 2015 to make way for the newer and slightly smaller Day-Date 40, the largest Rolex President is still a very popular model on the secondary market. In fact, because of its broader shape, thicker lugs, and wider bezel the Day-Date II is not just the biggest Rolex President, but also the sportiest looking one too. For those that want the largest and most exclusive Rolex Day-Date model available, the platinum President reference 218206 is a top contender and the definition of a grail watch.

Rolex Day-Date II 218206 Platinum President

Rolex 218206 – Caliber 3156 Movement

Along with its larger 41mm case size, the Rolex Day-Date II also received an updated in-house movement. Like its predecessor (the Caliber 3155), the Rolex Caliber 3136 is a self-winding mechanical movement with double Quickset functionality for the day and date displays, along with chronometer certification (like every Day-Date model that has been produced since 1956).

Operating at 28,800 beats per hour, the Rolex Caliber 3136 includes the brand’s blue Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers for optimal stability, precision, and overall reliability. As the Caliber 3156 is an evolution of the previous Cal. 3155, it also offers users a 48-hour power reserve and is exclusively found inside the 41mm Rolex Day-Date II watches.

As the largest iteration of the Day-Date and one crafted from the noblest of precious metals, the solid platinum Rolex President 218206 is a true statement piece and an unapologetically luxurious execution of the brand’s iconic dual calendar wristwatch.

What do you think of the platinum Day-Date reference 218206? In terms of shape and size, do you prefer the traditional Day-Date 36, the discontinued Day-Date II, or the current Day-Date 40? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Rolex Day-Date II Reference 218206 Platinum President

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Soccer Stars and Their Rolex Watch Collections

The world is slowly returning to normal following the Covid-19 pandemic, with many events slated for last year now making a highly anticipated return this summer. One such event that many are buzzing about this week is the 2020 UEFA European Championship, which was originally scheduled to take place June 12th – July 12th of […] The post Soccer Stars and Their Rolex Watch Collections appeared first on Bob's Watches.

Soccer Stars and Their Rolex Watch Collections

The world is slowly returning to normal following the Covid-19 pandemic, with many events slated for last year now making a highly anticipated return this summer. One such event that many are buzzing about this week is the 2020 UEFA European Championship, which was originally scheduled to take place June 12th – July 12th of last year and will instead make its triumphant return June 11th – July 11th of 2021. Despite being delayed a full year due to the pandemic, the soccer tournament will keep the name UEFA Euro 2020.

The tournament will take place in 11 cities associated with the UEFA (Union of European Football Association), including Munich, Amsterdam, Saint Petersburg, London, and Rome (just to name a few). And while attendance will be limited in accordance with social distancing requirements, fans will still be allowed to attend. Some of the biggest names in soccer will be among those participating in the tournament and if you’re at all familiar with the sport, you might also know that they boast some seriously awe-inspiring watch collections. To celebrate the return of UEFA Euro 2020, let’s take a closer look at what Rolex watches those soccer stars are sporting on their wrists.

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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116689 – Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

Yacht-Master II 116689 Key Features:

– Production Years: 2010 – Present

– Case Size: 44mm

– Materials: 18k White Gold & 950 Platinum

– Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Programmable Countdown Timer

– Dial: White w/ Luminous Hour Markers

– Bezel: Ring Command, 950 Platinum w/ 10-Minute Scale

– Crystal: Sapphire (Flat)

– Movement: Rolex Caliber 4161

– Water Resistance: 100 Meters / 330 Feet

– Strap/Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet

Our list kicks off with arguably one of the most impressive watch collections in soccer. With a reported net worth of $500 million, it comes as no surprise that Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo has a remarkable watch collection. He’s been known to indulge in more extravagant watches, such as the Franck Muller 7008 T INV C INV R set with hundreds of diamonds and rubies that some speculate will set you back anywhere between $1.5 – $2 million. His watch box is also home to an iced-out Jacob & Co. Grand Baguette Diamond watch ref. 330.800.30.BD.BD.1BD decorated with 761 diamonds that is worth around $1 million.

However, Ronaldo’s collection isn’t entirely out of reach for most collectors. While he does boast a rather opulent diamond-encrusted GMT-Master II “Ice” ref. 116769TBR dubbed the most expensive Rolex and a sapphire and ruby GMT-Master II ref. 116758SARU, the soccer star also owns numerous Rolex wristwatches that will appeal to the everyday watch enthusiast. Among the most notable are the yellow gold Yacht-Master II ref. 116688, white gold and platinum Yacht-Master II ref. 116689, yellow gold Sky-Dweller ref. 326938, and the Cosmograph Daytona in both stainless steel (ref. 116520) and 18k yellow gold (ref. 116528).

Rolex Submariner 116618LB – Sergio Ramos, Spain

Sergio Ramos Rolex Submariner Blue 116618LB

Submariner 116618LB Key Features:

– Production Years: 2008 – 2020

– Case Size: 40mm

– Materials: 18k Yellow Gold

– Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Date Display

– Dial: Blue w/ Luminous Hour Markers

– Bezel: Unidirectional, Blue Ceramic Insert w/ 60-Minute Scale

– Crystal: Sapphire (Flat w/ Cyclops Lens)

– Movement: Rolex Caliber 3135

– Water Resistance: 300 Meters / 1,000 Feet

– Strap/Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet

Spanish soccer star and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is one of the top players in the world. While it has since been confirmed that he will be leaving the team on June 30th and will be left off Spain’s roster for Euro 2020 following an injury-plagued season, his luxury watch collection is still worth highlighting, with brands such as Patek Philippe, IWC, Bulgari, and Rolex taking up space in his impressive timepiece collection.

Ramos was recently spotted wearing a White Rolesor Datejust II ref. 116334 with a black dial. The watch has since been discontinued (along with all Datejust II models) but can still be found on the pre-owned market for around $10k. Sergio Ramos’ Rolex collection also includes the coveted Everose Yacht-Master 126655 on an Oysterflex bracelet that retails for $27,300 and a handsome yellow gold Submariner 116618LB with a blue dial and bezel, which is available on the secondary market for around $40k.

Rolex Sky-Dweller 326938 – David Alaba, Austria

David Alaba Rolex Sky-Dweller Gold 326938

Sky-Dweller 326938 Key Features:

– Production Years: 2012 – Present

– Case Size: 42mm

– Materials: 18k Yellow Gold

– Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Date Display, Annual Calendar, GMT-Functionality

– Dial: Multiple Options Available

– Bezel: Ring Command, 18k Yellow Gold, Fluted Style

– Crystal: Sapphire (Flat w/ Cyclops Lens)

– Movement: Rolex Caliber 9001

– Water Resistance: 100 Meters / 330 Feet

– Strap/Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet

David Alaba currently plays for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Austria national team. He will join the Austria squad as the team vies the championship title during UEFA Euro 2020. His most recent contract earned him over $14 million/year for the next five years, giving the star soccer player more than enough cash to spend on some seriously enviable luxury watches.

One particular timepiece that caught our eye is Alaba’s yellow gold Rolex Sky-Dweller ref. 326938, which retails for an impressive $46,650. The solid gold watch is just as impressive as Alaba’s soccer career, boasting a 42mm case and matching bracelet in 18k yellow gold and Rolex’s most complex movement yet – the Caliber 9001, which offers both an annual calendar complication and GMT functionality.

Rolex Submariner 116610LV – Karim Benzema, France

Karim Benzema Rolex Submariner Hulk 116610LV

Submariner 116610LV Key Features:

– Production Years: 2010 – 2020

– Case Size: 40mm

– Materials: Oystersteel (904L Stainless Steel)

– Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Date Display

– Dial: Green w/ Luminous Hour Markers

– Bezel: Unidirectional, Green Ceramic Insert w/ 60-Minute Scale

– Crystal: Sapphire (Flat w/ Cyclops Lens)

– Movement: Rolex Caliber 3135

– Water Resistance: 300 Meters / 1,000 Feet

– Strap/Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet

Karim Benzema, the striker for Spanish soccer club Real Madrid and the France national team is no stranger to the UEFA Champions with over 100 appearances since 2006. Benzema is worth around $70 million and has an impressive luxury watch collection to match, including a number of models from Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and (naturally) Rolex.

Even the most experienced watch collectors will be impressed by his impressive Rolex lineup, which includes the cult favorite white gold Submariner with a blue dial and ceramic bezel – aka the “Smurf” (reference 116619). The Smurf Submariner is discontinued but can be found on the pre-owned market for around $40k – $50k. Benzema’s collection also includes the stainless steel Rolex Submariner Hulk (ref. 116610LV), which features a striking green dial and ceramic bezel (also discontinued), and the Cosmograph Daytona in white gold (ref. 116509) with a Mother of Pearl dial. Karim’s watch box also includes an impressive rose gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar and at least two different Patek Philippe Nautilus watches (ref. 5712G in white gold and ref. 5980R in rose gold.

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