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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1977
    Reference No: 1804, inside caseback stamped 1803
    Case No: 5'003'431
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold and diamond
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex President’s bracelet, endlinks stamped 53, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant, stamped A
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex introduced the Day-Date model in 1956 as the first self-winding chronometer watch featuring date and day spelled out. It was not until 1963 that the references
    1803 and 1804 were introduced with upgraded movements, and while similar in looks the reference 1804 had a diamond bezel and diamond-set numerals. Today, the Day-Date is one of the most popular and wearable watches available and the calendar has been made in a variety of languages to accommodate people around the world.

    The present Rolex is enhanced with the red Omani “Khanjar”. His Majesty Qaboos bin Said al Said placed special orders with Rolex for various models from Rolex and each was marked with either the “Khanjar” or the more personalized “Qaboos”, the sultan’s signature. These timepieces were gifted to dignitaries and government officials. In well-preserved condition, this watch, from 1977, is fitted with a champagne dial and features the typical bezel with 46 round-cut diamonds and round-cut and baguette-cut diamond numerals. The Day-Date is an icon, and every collector should own at least one, the “Khanjar” Day-Date is more rare and unusual and sure to attract discerning collectors.

  • Artist Biography


    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 caseback stamped 1803
A rare and fine yellow gold and diamond calendar wristwatch with bracelet made for the Sultanate of Oman

36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

HK$160,000 - 240,000 

Sold for HK$175,000

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