Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XII Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2020 | Phillips

Create your first list.

Select an existing list or create a new list to share and manage lots you follow.

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 1803
    Movement No: DD'875'713
    Case No: 2'719'267
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Rolex President bracelet, max length 170mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex deployant concealed clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Literature: A similar watch is illustrated in The Day-Date the Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp 300-301.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Vibrant, fresh, refined and downright awesome are just a few words that describe the amazing combination of white gold case, rich green dégradé lacquer dial and diamond markers.

    Rolex’s colorful lacquer dials were fitted in Day-Date models made from the 1960s to the 1990s, coming in various colors of the spectrum and fitted in yellow gold, pink gold, white gold and even platinum cases. Since the firm ceased their production, these colorful lacquered dials have now achieved cult status amongst collectors and purists.

    The present example in white gold is in overall very appealing condition, with a strong case, intact luminous plots and delightful dial is sure to please the most discerning collector

  • 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.

    View More Works


Ref. 1803
An extremely rare and attractive white gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with green lacquer dégradé dial and bracelet

Circa 1971
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for CHF50,400

Contact Specialist

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

41 79 637 1724

The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020