Rolex - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1970
    Reference No: 1802, stamped 1803 inside the case back
    Movement No: DD827'226
    Case No: 2'550'202
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1556, 26 jewels
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The dial of this attractive Day-Date, known as the “Wide Boy” is finished with a black printed half-minute marker track along the outer sunken ring, similar to the celebrated Paul Newman dial.

    The extraordinary gold applied indexes have a grain finished and central channel that runs between two diamond-polished borders. The smooth bezel with sharp angles and well-defined lugs further enhances its excellent overall condition.

    The overall stunning looks of this Rolex Day-Date are complemented by the correct matching “Wide Boy” hour and minute hands. This watch is very attractive, and offers great value and tremendous charm.

  • 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. 1802, stamped 1803 inside the case back
A fine and rare yellow gold calendar wristwatch with centre seconds and "wide boy" dial

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

CHF6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for CHF11,250

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm