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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1967
    Reference No: 1803
    Movement No: DD87'227
    Case No: 1'609'459
    Model Name: Day-Date "Just Married"
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet, 190 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped 1.61
    Dimensions: 36 mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Literature: The present watch is illustrated in "Day-Date, The Presidential Rolex" by Pucci Papaleo, page 332.

  • 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 Day-Date, reference 1803, features a baby pink 'Stella’ dial, which looks translucent yet vibrant at the same time. While reference 1803 was fitted with a plethora of dials, watches fitted with 'Stella' dials are among the most sought-after due to their looks and exclusivity. Compared to other colors, baby pink dials are very rare, further enhancing the exclusivity of this watch.
    The case is preserved in superb condition, and still retains a strong hallmark on the underside of the bottom right lug. This watch is powered by the automatic caliber 1556 movement, which features a hacking mechanism that allows precise time-setting.
    When setting your eyes on the “Just Married” reference 1803 with its pale pink dial prominently displayed in Pucci Papaleo’s “Day-Date, The Presidential Rolex” one might reminisce about the day their beautiful, blushing bride walked down the aisle with elegance and poise.

  • Artist Biography


    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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Ref. 1803
A fine and rare yellow gold calendar wristwatch with baby pink 'Stella' dial, date, center seconds and bracelet

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

CHF12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for CHF35,000

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Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016