Rolex - Glamorous Day-Date Geneva Friday, May 8, 2015 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1970
    Reference No: 1802, stamped 1803 inside the case back
    Case No: 2'120'757
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 1556
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex Jubilee reference 6311, end links stamped 53
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp stamped 4.69
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Punched Rolex Attestation de Chronometre Officiel, with Day-Date presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    The production of the Day-Date reference 1802 started in 1959. Sporting a smooth bezel it was released in platinum and yellow, white or pink gold. Placed under a spotlight, the pictured example manufactured in 1970 represents an interesting collectors piece due to its extraordinary conservation state, further enhanced by its perfectly preserved shapes and surfaces, together with its originally preserved polished and brushed finished components.The 18 karat yellow gold Jubilee bracelet bears the 6311 reference. The original box and warranty certification render this timepiece highly desirable for a discerning collector.The 1556 movement was introduced in 1965 and featured a 19'800 beat per hour frequency replacing the previous 1555 mechanism. Since 1972 the movement was further improved by means of a hacking mechanism, which allowed a precise time-setting of the timepiece.

  • 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 the case back
A rare yellow gold calendar wristwatch with bracelet, centre seconds, black lacquered “Stella” dial and Attestation de Chronometer Officiel

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

CHF15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF43,750

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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm