A very rare and captivating yellow gold calendar wristwatch with bracelet, centre seconds and lilac lacquered “Stella” dial

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1976
    Reference No: 1803
    Case No: 4'233'673
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 1056
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex Jubilee, end links stamped 53
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp
    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

    The beauty of this timepiece manufactured in 1976 is due partly to its overall excellent condition, a case with full proportions, fluted bezel, but above all, to the captivating charm given by the extremely rare lilac “Stella” dial.This outstanding “Stella” dial has been realized by means of a particular lacquering process and introduced by Rolex in small numbers between the Seventies and the early Eighties.

  • 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. 1803
A very rare and captivating yellow gold calendar wristwatch with bracelet, centre seconds and lilac lacquered “Stella” dial

1976
36mm. Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF30,000 - 60,000 

sold for CHF75,000

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Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm