A stunning, very rare and important yellow gold calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, bracelet and guarantee, made for the Sultanate of Oman, retailed by Asprey

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1973
    Reference No: 1807
    Case No: 3'554'077, repeated inside the case back
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 1556
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex President with bark finish centre links, end links stamped 53
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp stamped RWC with London import marks for 1974
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed, dial further stamped with the national emblem of the Sultanate of Oman
    Accessories: Punched Rolex guarantee confirming sale through Asprey, London.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The 1807 reference produced from 1959 to 1977 exhibits ‘bark finished’ decorations both to its bezel and President bracelet. The present timepiece dates back to the early Seventies and has been made upon special order for the Sultanate of Oman.The dial reveals the unmistakable national Omani emblem representing the Khanjar dagger inside its sheath placed upon two crossed swords, which in this case is unusually printed in black. Externally, the case back, still bears the green Rolex sticker showing the 1807 reference, as proof that this important wristwatch arrived to our present days superbly preserved.

  • 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. 1807
A stunning, very rare and important yellow gold calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, bracelet and guarantee, made for the Sultanate of Oman, retailed by Asprey

1973
36mm. Diameter
Movement, dial, case and bracelet signed, dial further stamped with the national emblem of the Sultanate of Oman

Estimate
CHF25,000 - 50,000 

sold for CHF62,500

Contact Specialist
Livia Russo
+41 22 317 81 86

Glamorous Day-Date

Geneva Auction 9 May 2015 7pm