A very fine, rare and attractive pink gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with center seconds and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1972
    Reference No: 1803
    Case No: 3'125'779
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K pink gold Rolex President bracelet, max. length 200 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Rolex deployant clasp stamped 72
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the past 20 years pink gold has enjoyed a constant surge in popularity: whether it is the unconventional look it imparts to a timepiece, the fact that it is by some considered less ostentatious than its yellow counterpart, or simply that pink versions of a model are usually rarer than yellow ones, pink gold watches have carved themselves a special niche in the heart of collectors.

    The present watch, accompanied by its pink gold bracelet, fully epitomizes the allure of this metal. Obviously a luxury timepiece, it however features a warmer, more exotic vibe. To complete the ensemble, it sports an immensely charming dial with diamond-set numerals: a detail which amplifies the radiance and luxurious appeal of the watch but at the same time adds a tiny bit of playfulness and eccentricity to this remarkably attractive Rolex creation.

  • 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 fine, rare and attractive pink gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with center seconds and bracelet

Circa 1972
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
CHF12,000 - 18,000 
€10,300-15,400
$12,700-19,100

sold for CHF22,500

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 81
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN

Geneva Auction 12-13 May 2018