An extremely rare and historically important pink gold calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, red and black date, bracelet and pink dial with no chronometer certification

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1955
    Reference No: 6511
    Case No: 134'692
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 1055
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex President
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp stamped 2.57
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed
    Literature: The present lot is illustrated in Day Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, Spin Edizioni

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is a superb example in pink gold of the legendary Day-Date reference 6511; it is one of the earliest examples of this series ever produced, manufactured in 1955 as evidenced by the serial number 134692.
    The beautiful and charismatic dial showcases the Day-Date signature classically positioned at 12 o’clock. However, the present example, coming from one of the finest collections of vintage watches, has a noteworthy feature underlining its historical importance and rarity: the omission of the“ Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” signature on the dial, a graphic element which usually characterise all Day-Date models.
    Its desirability is further enhanced by the elegant and sophisticated look which renders the present Day-date a “must have” for any discerning collector.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Rolex

Ref. 6511
An extremely rare and historically important pink gold calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, red and black date, bracelet and pink dial with no chronometer certification

1955
18k pink gold
36mm. Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 40,000 

sold for CHF56,250

Contact Specialist
Livia Russo
+41 22 317 81 86

Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm