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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1973
    Reference No: 1804
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal.1556, 28 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex president bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm
    Accessories: Accompanied by original Rolex Khanjar stamped box, punched warranty certificate, booklets and service history.

    Condition report available upon request.

  • 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
The love for vintage watches nearly always stems from the stories they tell. This beautiful Rolex Day-Date from 1973 wears its history proudly on the dial; instead of the usual declaration of chronometer certification, is instead a bold black crowned Khanjar, symbol for the nation of Oman. Presented by the famously generous late Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said. These Rolex’s were specially commissioned through Asprey in London and over the years have become some of the most collectable and sought after watches across the globe. This example, with its later fluted bezel, is remarkably complete with the original Khanjar printed Rolex box, original certificate confirming the Asprey provenance and service history through celebrated UK royal jeweller, Boodle & Dunthorne which tells us at some point the watch returned to UK shores, presumably when the more ‘low-key’ bezel was fitted. In superb condition, the dial shows no signs of mis-handling or restoration, whilst the case remains full and fat with crisp hallmarks completing the story.


Price £29,950