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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1969
    Reference No: 1802
    Movement No: DD'627'195
    Case No: 2'350'091
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated December 24, 1970 and presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Preserved in excellent condition, this attractive reference 1802 features a smooth bezel - the defining feature of this model. Reference 1802 is much rarer compared to its reed-bezeled sibling reference 1803, making the model particularly favored among collectors. It is complemented by a Rolex Oyster bracelet, which is a rarity itself. Among its many other stunning features, it also displays a black lacquer dial that is still incredibly glossy in appearance. All luminous dots appear round and intact, and have aged with warm patina. Lacquer dials are particularly hard to find, and to discover one in such unspoiled condition is a marvel indeed.

    Furthermore, the present timepiece is accompanied by its original guarantee and presentation box, adding yet another element of collectibility.

  • 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. 1802
A highly rare and attractive yellow gold calendar wristwatch with black lacquer dial, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1969
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 25,000 
€13,900-23,200
$15,700-26,200

sold for CHF38,750

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

Geneva Auction 27 - 28 June 2020