Rolex - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1971
    Reference No: 1811, caseback stamped 1803
    Movement No: DD090'145
    Case No: 2'919'175
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex President with bark finish centre links, end-links stamped 53, max. length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Rolex folding deployant clasp, stamped 1.71
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Day-Date is an extremely prestigious model made by Rolex, and was know as their “President” watch. The production of the Day-Date reference 1811 began in 1966.

    The bezel in the present example is decorated with a linen-textured pattern and varies slightly from the reference 1806, which features a linen-textured finish on both the case and bezel. The beautiful, rarely seen flamingo pink colored “stella” dial elegantly complements the yellow gold case. The linen-textured bezel is correctly paired with the Rolex President bracelet featuring linen textured centre links.

    In an overall beautiful state of conservation, the well preserved case features sharp, crisp hallmarks on the lugs.

  • 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. 1811, caseback stamped 1803
A rare and attractive yellow gold calendar wristwatch with textured bezel, flamingo-pink colored "Stella" dial, centre seconds and bracelet

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

CHF20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for CHF52,500

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm