A very rare and attractive white gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with bracelet, centre seconds and blue lacquered “Stella” dial

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1971
    Reference No: No. 1802, stamped 1803 inside the case back
    Case No: 2'612'376
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k white gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, 1556
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex President, end links stamped 53
    Clasp/Buckle: Concealed deployment clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    This Day Date, reference 1802 is highlighted by its smooth bezel and blue lacquered “Stella” dial. The dial is enhanced by 8 round cut and two baguette cut diamonds and is an intense blue which is known as Bleu de France. This shade of blue is one of the rarest of all known “Stella” dials and the grey graphics beautifully harmonise with its crisp white gold case and white gold President bracelet. This example is a wonderful representative of the “Stella” Day Date and combination of all of these elements results in an extraordinary striking and elegant look .

  • 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. No. 1802, stamped 1803 inside the case back
A very rare and attractive white gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with bracelet, centre seconds and blue lacquered “Stella” dial

1971
36mm Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 40,000 

sold for CHF71,250

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Livia Russo
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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm