A rare and attractive pink gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with burnt orange lacquer dégradé dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1977
    Reference No: 1803
    Movement No: DD'128'390
    Case No: 5'061'804
    Model Name: Day-Date "Manhattan Sunset"
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K pink gold Rolex President bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Literature: This watch is featured in The Day-Date the Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo Editore, page 298 to 299.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex’s sought after ‘Stella’ dials were produced from the 1960s to the 1990s and were fitted in cases made of yellow gold, pink gold, white gold or platinum. Since the firm ceased their production, these colorful lacquered Stella dials have now achieved cult status amongst collectors and purists.

    The present watch is dubbed "Manhattan Sunset" due to its burnt orange dégradé dial. Forever preserved in literature, it is prominently illustrated in "Day-Date, The Presidential Rolex" by Pucci Papaleo Editore. It is preserved in excellent condition, shimmering in a way that only Rolex lacquer dials can. Furthermore, all the luminous remain intact and round, attesting to its untouched state of preservation.

  • 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 rare and attractive pink gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with burnt orange lacquer dégradé dial and bracelet

1977
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF18,000 - 25,000 
€16,900-23,500
$18,500-25,700

sold for CHF22,500

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