A rare and attractive yellow gold calendar wristwatch with sequoia wood dial

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1974
    Reference No: 1803
    Movement No: DD'060'216
    Case No: 3'862'075
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Metal buckle
    Dimensions: 36.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Cased in yellow gold, pink gold, white gold or platinum, the Day-Date is one of Rolex's most diverse models. Since 1956, Rolex has produced a multitude of designs for the iconic model. While some are fitted delicate hard stone dials, others are heavily embellished with diamonds.

    This Day-Date is fitted with an exceedingly sought-after sequoia closed-grain wooden dial. Characterized by the lack of varnishing on the dial, it is an incredibly rare variant. It most notably has a "Sigma" dial at 6 o'clock, indicating that the hour markers are in gold. The "Sigma" designation is furthermore correct for the serial number of this watch.

  • 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 yellow gold calendar wristwatch with sequoia wood dial

Circa 1974
36.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 25,000 
€13,200-22,000
$15,400-25,600

sold for CHF27,500

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018