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

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1975
    Reference No: 1804, stamped 1803 inside caseback
    Movement No: DD225'206
    Case No: 4'227'013
    Model Name: Day-Date, "Octopussy"
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold, diamonds and sapphires Rolex President, max. length 178mm, end links stamped 53
    Clasp/Buckle: Concealed deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    This attractive and rare Rolex Day-Date reference 1804 is fitted with a white gold bezel set with 46 round-cut diamonds.

    The highlight of this watch is the embellished President bracelet with round brilliant diamonds on the outer links, accented with baguette sapphires on the centre links. The cylindrically set diamonds prominently rise high above the links and resemble the look of the suction cups on an octopus’ tentacles, affectionately called “Octopussy” by the collector community. Made in 1975, it is fitted with a very elegant champagne dial, enriched with baguette sapphire hour markers that complement the bracelet.

    This watch is offered in outstanding condition, and is sure to make the perfect addition to any collection, but also to be the ultimate jewelry watch for him or her when worn in any environment ranging from very casual to absolutely formal.

  • 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. 1804, stamped 1803 inside caseback
A rare and attractive yellow gold sapphire-set calendar wristwatch with centre seconds and diamond and sapphire set bracelet

36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF70,000 - 140,000 

Sold for CHF137,000

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm