A very fine and rare white gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, apple green lacquer 'Stella' dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1977
    Reference No: 1804, inside case back stamped 1803
    Movement No: DD336698
    Case No: 5’265’082
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: White gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k white gold Rolex President bracelet, 175 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 53
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Rolex concealed folding deployant clasp stamped Rolex SA
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex International Service Guarantee dated 6 November 2015 and Rolex service receipts dated 12 November 2015 and 17 August 2015.
    Literature: For another example of a reference 1804 however fitted with an oxblood dial, please see Day-Date, The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, page 216.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This exceptional Day-Date is an incredibly rare variant of the Day-Date family. Fitted with an exceptional apple green 'Stella' dial, the watch is further lavishly decorated with an original factory finished diamond-set bezel and diamond-set indexes. Reference 1804 is very rare, and to find one fitted with such a unique dial is a real treat.

  • 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. 1804, inside case back stamped 1803
A very fine and rare white gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, apple green lacquer 'Stella' dial and bracelet

勞力士,非常精細及罕有,18K白金鑲鑽石,自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針、青蘋果色錶盤、星期及日曆顯示,“Day-Date”,1977年製

1977
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$300,000 - 500,000 

sold for HK$375,000

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

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

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