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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1963
    Reference No: 1802, inside case back stamped 1803
    Movement No: DD76828
    Case No: 926'292
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k white gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, 1555, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k white gold Rolex President bracelet, 180 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped Rolex SA 4.66
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex service receipt dated 11 February 2014.
    Literature: For another example of a reference 1802 in white gold however fitted with a black lacquer dial, please see Day-Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, page 144 to 145.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The production of the reference 1802 Day-Date started 1959 and was fitted with a smooth bezel rather than the more commonly found fluted bezel. This 1802 is fitted with a black matte dial, white graphics and diamond-set numerals.

    The dial is further stamped T-Swiss-T, to indicate the use of gold parts on the dial. The white gold President bracelet is also from the same period and stamped 4.66 indicating the manufacture of the 4th quarter of 1966.

    This exclusive and early Day-Date is a very distinguished and highly attractive example of a reference 1802.

  • 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. 1802, inside case back stamped 1803
A fine and rare white gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and bracelet

1963
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$160,000 - 250,000 

Sold for HK$275,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

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