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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1968
    Reference No: 1803
    Movement No: DD118'317
    Case No: 1'903'421
    Model Name: Day-Date "Ice Cubes"
    Material: 18k pink gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k pink gold Rolex Oyster, end links stamped 76, max length 200mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp, stamped 2/67
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Literature: The present watch is described and illustrated in Day Date: The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 158-159

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex Day-Date watches are highly sought after, versatile watches for the avid collector.

    The present reference 1803 encased in pink gold features a reeded bezel and pink gold riveted Oyster bracelet, perfectly matching the gold writing on the dial. The unusual black dial features an exceptionally rare mix of alternating round and baguette diamond hour markers, making it especially desirable for collectors.

    The watch’s rarity is further enhanced by its state of preservation.

    It should not come as a surprise that this highly unusual and most attractive example of reference 1803 was chosen by Pucci Papaleo to be featured in the recently presented tome dedicated to the Rolex Day-Date.

  • 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
An extremely rare and elegant pink gold calendar wristwatch with bracelet, black laquered dial and alternating round and baguette diamond hour markers

1968
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for CHF68,750

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm