ROLEX REF. 18148 GURU OSHO'S CUSTOMIZED DAY-DATE
DIAMOND & RUBY YELLOW GOLD
Rolex, "Oyster Perpetual, Day-Date, Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified", case No. 8652207,
Ref. 18148/18000. Made in 1984.
Fine and exotic, self-winding, water-resistant, 18K yellow gold center-seconds wristwatch partially
aftermarket set with diamonds and rubies and a non-Rolex 18K yellow gold bracelet set with 31 carats
of white diamonds with concealed clasp. Accompanied by a Rolex box, invoice to the present owner
from the F.O.M. Foundation, Vaduz, dated 1990 and photographs of the watch being worn by Osho.
CThree-body, solid, polished and brushed, the bezel set with alternating rubies and diamonds,
diamond-set lugs, screw-down case back and crown, sapphire crystal with cyclops lens. Bracelet set
with large square-cut, baguette and brilliant cut diamonds.
DMatte gold with applied yellow gold ruby-set indexes, inner circle of diamonds, outer minute
track with Roman numerals , apertures for the day of the week (blocked with a ruby and diamond-
set gold panel) and date. Luminous yellow gold baton hands.
MCal. 3035, rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, 27 jewels, straight-line lever escapement,
monometallic balance adjusted to 5 positions and temperature, shock absorber, self-compensating
Breguet balance spring, Microstella regulating screws, hack mechanism.
NotesDial, case and movement signed.
DIAM. 36 mm.
THICKNESS 13 mm. Approx. overall length 190 mm.
This exotic and flamboyant ROLEX was specially
customized for the Indian mystic and spiritual guru
BHAGWAN SHREE RAJNEESH known as OSHO. It
was bought by the present owner in February 1990 from
the F.O.M. Foundation. The watch head reference 18148
was factory made with gem-set bezel, however the shoulders
of the lugs are aftermarket set. The dial is interesting because Osho
instructed his jeweler to further set the dial with rubies and diamonds
and at the same time to block the window for the day of the week as he
had no interest in knowing what day of the week it was!. The watch and lavish
non-Rolex bracelet is set with 290 brilliant cut diamonds, 63 single cut diamonds
and 52 square cut diamonds all with a total WEIGHT of 31 carats.
Formerly the property of Indian mystic guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh known as "Osho"
CHANDRA MOHAN JAIN (1931-1990),
known as ACHARYA RAJNEESH in the
1960s, BHAGWAN SHREE RAJNEESH in
the 1970s and 80s and finally OSHO from
1989 is generally considered one of the
most controversial spiritual leaders to have
emerged from India during the 20th century.
His message of sexual, emotional, spiritual
and institutional liberation and the pleasure
he derived in causing offence ensured that
his life was surrounded by controversy.
His international following has continued
after his death. By the late 1970s and with
tensions mounting against him in India he
relocated to the United States in 1981. He
and his followers established an international
community in Oregon which became
known as Rajneeshpuram. Osho was also
notorious for his fleet of 93 ROLLS ROYCE
motor cars bought for him by his followers
and this attracted much criticism. Rajneesh's
ashram in Pune is today known as the OSHO
INTERNATIONAL MEDITATION RESORT.
His teachings emphasise the importance
of meditation, awareness, love, celebration,
courage, creativity and humour: qualities
which he viewed as suppressed by adherence
to static belief systems, religious tradition
and socialisation. Rajneesh's teachings
have had a notable influence on Western
spirituality, as well as New Age thought. Their
popularity has increased since his death.