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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1968
    Reference No: 1807
    Movement No: DD618127
    Case No: 1'606'740
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet with bark finished centre links, 185 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 53
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped Rolex SA reference 8209
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex International Service Guarantee dated 8 July 2015.
    Literature: For a similar example of a reference 1807 in yellow gold with bark finished centre links, please see Day-Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, page to 270 and 271.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 1807 was first introduced in 1959 and is recognizable by its bark finished bezel and centre links to the President bracelet. The present watch is a charming example and fitted with the unusual champagne dial, white graphics and diamond-set numerals. In very attractive and crisp overall condition, this Day-Date has a very distinctive look and feel.

  • 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. 1807
A fine and rare yellow gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, champagne dial and bracelet

1968
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$50,000 - 80,000 

Sold for HK$75,000

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