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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1978
    Reference No: 1803
    Movement No: DD'224'921
    Case No: 5'132'944
    Model Name: "Stella" Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, max length 190mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow Rolex concealed folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Literature: Another reference 1803 with burgundy "Stella" dial is illustrated in Day-Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, page 342 and 343.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Among the most collectible of all Day-Dates are ones fitted with lacquer "Stella" dials. Translucent yet vibrant, "Stella" dials offer so much exclusivity to the wearer, as no lacquer dial is exactly the same in appearance. Rolex adorned their Day-Date watches with a range of lacquer dials, ranging from yellow to mint green and even a rich burgundy tone, like the present watch.

    The present Day-Date, reference 1803, features a rich and incredibly glossy Burgundy "Stella" dial, which contrasts vibrantly against the diamond-set numerals. Despite being over 35 years of age, the dial still retains its highly glossy finish, just as if it left the factory yesterday. It is preserved in excellent condition, with no cracks or hairlines at all. All luminous dots are intact and perfectly match the luminous on the hands.

    The case is furthermore preserved in marvelous condition, and still retains three strong hallmarks on the underside of the lug. The proportions are robust, and the top of the lugs feature sharp finishes. This watch is powered by the automatic caliber 1556 movement, which features a hacking mechanism that allows precise time-setting.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Ref. 1803
A rare and attractive yellow gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with centre seconds, burgundy lacquer dial and bracelet

Circa 1978
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 20,000 
€8,600-21,600
$10,300-25,800

Sold for CHF21,250

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017