Rolex - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1959
    Reference No: 1803
    Movement No: DD0984
    Case No: 497'816
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 1555, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k pink gold Rolex President Big Logo bracelet, 175 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex fitted presentation box.
    Literature: For another example of an early reference 1803, please see Day-Date The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, page 122 and 123.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This Day-Date is extremely rare and is preserved in very original and overall excellent condition. Manufactured in 1959, which is the very first year the reference 1803 was introduced. This Day-Date still retains its original Big Logo Presidential bracelet. The champagne dial with 5 diamond-set hour markers finishes the watch, which is overall sporty yet elegant at the same time.

  • 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. 1803
A fine and very rare pink gold and diamond-set calendar wristwatch with champagne dial, big logo bracelet and fitted presentation box

Circa 1959
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$120,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$237,500

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