Rolex - Glamorous Day-Date Geneva Friday, May 8, 2015 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1973
    Reference No: 1802, stamped 1803 inside case back
    Case No: 2'550'165
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 1556
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex Oyster, end links stamped 76
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp, stamped 3.71
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Rolex guarantee, fitted presentation box with outer packaging, product literature, green leather wallet and swing tag.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The lacquered "Stella" coated dials were produced for over a decade and were sold on American, Arab and Oriental markets. At the time, these brightly coloured dials did not find great success in Europe. However nowadays, any collector throughout the world would be speechless in front of this exceptional reference 1802. In fact, it houses the rare yellow Stella dial embellished with diamond indexes, the rarest color of all. Furthermore, it stands out for the remarkably superlative ensemble beauty.The extraordinary yellow Stella dial shows black printed graphics further enriched with 8 round cut diamond hour markers and 2 baguette-cut diamonds at 6 and 9 o’clock. The timepiece reveals a superb state of preservation and unpolished case. The 18K yellow gold rivetted Oyster bracelet bears the ref. 7206 and reaches us in exceptional overall condition.

  • Artist Biography


    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 1803 inside case back
A very rare and attractive yellow gold and diamonds calendar wristwatch with bracelet, centre seconds, yellow lacquered “Stella” dial, guarantee and box

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

CHF40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for CHF275,000

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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm