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

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1977
    Reference No: 1803
    Movement No: DD238994
    Case No: 5'067'528
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet, 165 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped Rolex
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a reference 1803 in yellow gold however with a green Khanjar symbol, please see Day-Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, page 264.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This reference 1803 is fitted with a rare champagne dial, which completely elevates the look of this watch. The watch also features a fluted bezel, along with diamond-set numerals and black graphics, which further adds to the elegance of this time piece. Preserved in very original condition, this watch is sure to delight even the most discerning of collectors.

  • 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. 1803
A fine and rare yellow gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, bracelet and champagne dial

勞力士,精細及罕有,18K黃金鑲鑽石,自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針、香檳色錶盤、星期及日曆顯示,“Day-Date”,型號1803,1977年製

1977
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$50,000 - 80,000 

sold for HK$47,500

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Specialist
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Specialist
+852 2318 2033
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