Jack Nicklaus’s Replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Yellow Gold Watch has Been Sold

Rolex unveiled its Day-Date replica watch collection back in 1955, a time when the model was considered ahead of its era. Boasting innovative features like the date and day discs, it earned its moniker. The Rolex Day-Date swiftly ascended to become the flagship model of the Rolex brand. Among its variants, the 18-karat gold edition stands out as the epitome of luxury and is affectionately dubbed “the President.”

In September 2017, a truly remarkable episode of Talking Watches featured golfing legend Jack Nicklaus. Not only was Nicklaus a remarkable figure, but the episode was also extraordinary as it revolved around a singular timepiece—a Rolex Day-Date yellow gold replica presented to Nicklaus by Rolex in 1967. This watch had adorned his wrist nearly every day since, becoming his cherished possession. Recently, it went under the hammer at Phillips in New York, fetching a staggering $1.22 million, with all proceeds earmarked for the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation. Simply put, it’s awe-inspiring.

In the world of horology, the notion of a “watch person” or a “watch girl” borders on myth. The allure of possessing a singular, emblematic timepiece is undeniable to those consumed by horological fascination. Nicklaus embodied this archetype, with this watch serving as an integral part of his personal and professional journey, lending it an unparalleled sporting narrative.

The fervor surrounding this auction was palpable. While Phillips initially estimated its value at $100,000-200,000, many skeptics anticipated a higher price, especially considering the charitable aspect. Bidding commenced at $500,000, escalating swiftly. Within moments, it surpassed the $1,000,000 mark, eventually hammering down at that price, with a bidder securing the winning bid.

Adding to the intrigue, this watch now holds the title of the most expensive Rolex Day-Date replica ever auctioned, by a significant margin. Its record-breaking status underscores its rarity and significance in horological circles. As for future contenders, it’s challenging to envision a Day-Date replica surpassing this milestone, save for perhaps a mythical stainless steel prototype—a tale for another time.

Additionally, another horological gem is up for grabs tonight: the Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master Everose replica famously worn by Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now. With no estimate attached, its final selling price remains anyone’s guess. Stay tuned for a comprehensive update post-auction.

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