A fine and very rare yellow gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, red lacquer 'Stella' dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1977
    Reference No: 1803
    Movement No: DD238445
    Case No: 5'193'492
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, 162 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a stella Day-Date with diamond-set numerals, please see Day-Date The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, page 298 and 299.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Day-Dates with 'Stella' dial has risen in value tremendously in recent years. The present watch, cased in 18k gold, is fitted with a red lacquer 'Stella' dial and is enhanced with diamond-set numerals. The condition overall is exceptional and the case has never been polished. The case back still retains part of its original factory sticker.

  • 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. 1803
A fine and very rare yellow gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, red lacquer 'Stella' dial and bracelet

勞力士,精細及非常罕有,18K黃金鑲鑽石自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針及紅色漆錶盤,“Day-Date”,型號1803,約1977年製

Circa 1977
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$160,000 - 240,000 
€18,800-28,200
$20,000-30,000

sold for HK$212,500

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016