A very rare and important yellow gold calendar wristwatch with applied Arabic numerals, centre seconds, champagne dial and big logo bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1975
    Reference No: 1811, stamped 1803 inside the case back
    Case No: 4'006'142
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 1556
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex mesh link bracelet, reference 6764
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp with big logo, stamped J299
    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

    This wonderful Day-Date made in 1975, appears before our eyes in all her powerful beauty dressed in glittering yellow gold. The production of the 1811 reference began in 1966. The bezel is decorated with a linen-textured pattern and is slightly differentiated from the 1806 reference, which features a linen-textured finish on both case and bezel. The champagne coloured dial is ultra-rare, showcasing gold relief applied Arabic script numerals and an English day wheel. The superbly preserved case still features sharp-angled edges and is further enhanced by a beautiful overall state of conservation. This unusual bracelet is hand crafted and bears the reference number 6764.

  • 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. 1811, stamped 1803 inside the case back
A very rare and important yellow gold calendar wristwatch with applied Arabic numerals, centre seconds, champagne dial and big logo bracelet

1975
36mm Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF40,000 - 80,000 

sold for CHF149,000

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Livia Russo
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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm