A very rare and important pink gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with bracelet, centre seconds, burgundy lacquered “Stella” dial, made for the Sultanate of Oman

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1975
    Reference No: 1804, stamped 1803 inside the case back
    Case No: 3'751'367, repeated inside the case back
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k pink gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, 1556
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex President, end links stamped 53
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed, dial further stamped with the national emblem of the Sultanate of Oman printed in green, case back bearing the initials KR for Khimji Ramdas.
    Provenance: Property from an Important European Collector
    Literature: The present lot is illustrated in Day Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, Spin Edizioni

  • Provenance

    Property from an Important European Collector

  • Catalogue Essay

    When a wristwatch manufactured in 1975 arrives to us in a perfect state of conservation, the occurrence is quite unusual. Additionally, if the timepiece is a pink gold Day-Date displaying a burgundy Stella dial with a green printed Khanjar and the case back bears the initials of the Muscat dealer Khimji Ramdas in Oman, then as a matter of fact it is extraordinary.


    This 1804 reference features a bezel embellished with 46 round cut diamonds. The dial is further enriched with 8 round cut diamond hour markers and 2 baguette-cut diamond markers. The bracelet is embellished with round cut diamonds and the winding crown is in white gold.

    The bracelet is embellished with three center links set with two round-cut diamonds and the fourth with only one stone, a configuration never seen before on a President bracelet.

    The case back is internally engraved with the serial number, usually stamped only between the lugs at 6 o’clock indicating, that the timepiece was made by Rolex upon special order.

  • 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. 1804, stamped 1803 inside the case back
A very rare and important pink gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with bracelet, centre seconds, burgundy lacquered “Stella” dial, made for the Sultanate of Oman

1975
36mm. Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed, dial further stamped with the national emblem of the Sultanate of Oman printed in green, case back bearing the initials KR for Khimji Ramdas.

Estimate
CHF40,000 - 80,000 

sold for CHF191,000

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Livia Russo
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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm