A fine and very rare yellow gold calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and unusual bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1968
    Reference No: 1806
    Movement No: DD953876
    Case No: 1'674'773
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex textured bracelet, 175 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped 1.68
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    This Day-Date is fitted with a highly unusual textured bracelet. Models fitted with this bracelet, to our knowledge, have not appeared at auction before. The clasp is stamped for the first quarter of 1968, confirming the bracelet is original to the watch. The case is furthermore embellished with a hatched texture dubbed the 'Morellis Finish' by Rolex collectors, which is correct for reference 1806.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 1806
A fine and very rare yellow gold calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and unusual bracelet

勞力士,精細及非常罕有,18K黃金鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針、星期及日曆顯示,“Day-Date”,型號1806,1968年製

1968
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$80,000 - 120,000 

sold for HK$137,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

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