A very rare and important platinum and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with centre seconds and bracelet, made for the Sultanate of Oman and retailed by Asprey

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1975
    Reference No: 1802, stamped 1804 in the caseback
    Case No: 3'856'081, repeated inside the case back
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: Platinum and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, 1556
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex President, end links stamped 53
    Clasp/Buckle: Concealed deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed, case further signed Asprey

  • Catalogue Essay

    A highly important and ultra-rare platinum 1802 reference, this timepiece was manufactured in the mid Seventies upon special order for the Sultan of Oman.

    The blue dial bears the red printed Khanjar, the traditional emblem of Oman, centrally positioned at 6 o’clock and is furthermore enriched with 8 round cut and 2 baguette-cut diamond hour indexes.

    The case back of this extraordinary timepiece features the engraved signature of the London jeweller Asprey, which at the time was Rolex’s Middle East distributor of personalized Rolex watches destined to Oman.

  • 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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Ref. 1802, stamped 1804 in the caseback
A very rare and important platinum and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with centre seconds and bracelet, made for the Sultanate of Oman and retailed by Asprey

1975
36mm. Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed, case further signed Asprey

Estimate
CHF50,000 - 100,000 

sold for CHF131,000

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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm