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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1974
    Reference No: 1811
    Movement No: DD436209
    Case No: 3'195'331
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet with textured centre links, 195 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 53
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped Rolex
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Guarantee dated 31 May 1976.
    Literature: For a similar example of a blue lacquer "Stella" dial Day-Date, please see Day-Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, page 316 and 317.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Day-Date reference 1811 is extremely rare. The watch's bezel and bracelet centre links are not finished in the "bark finished" way one can see on a reference 1807. The finishing on the 1811 is more textured and feels more refined, sophisticated and elegant.

    Accompanied with its original guarantee, the present "Stella" is offered in a perfect state of preservation. The intensity of the blue lacquer "Stella" dial is further highlighted by gold graphics and applied gold baton markers. The case, bracelet and dial are all in like new condition and one can see the original factory finishes on the top of the lugs and to the bezel and bracelet design.

  • 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. 1811
An extremely fine and rare yellow gold calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, blue lacquer "Stella" dial, bracelet and guarantee

1974
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$180,000 - 250,000 

Sold for HK$450,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
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Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am