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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1977
    Reference No: 1803
    Case No: 2'888'864
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18k gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K gold Rolex President bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: 18kgold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 35mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: The present watch is prominently described and illustrated in Day-Date The Presidential Rolex by Pucci Papaleo, pp. 330-331.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Stella dials are known to have been made in a number of colors. Among the most rare and attractive is undoubtedly the one exemplified in the present timepiece: the mesmerizing Tiffany green Stella. Finding such variation of this legendary dial is by itself a remarkable occasion, but the present example furthermore impresses by its overall quality: absolutely unspoiled. The lacquer used to realize these dials is very delicate, and even small shocks can created cracks. Luckily, this is not the case for this watch.

    As a matter of fact, the excellent condition and great attractiveness of this watch prompted Pucci Papaleo, among the most respected Rolex scholars in the world, to include it in his publication about the Rolex Day-Date: "Day-Date The Presidential Rolex" - considered the "Bible" for the subject. The stunning color of the dial earned it its nickname "Breakfast at Tiffany's".

    A unique occasion for the collector of important timepieces to become the owner of this archetypal wristwatch.

  • Artist Biography

    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
An important, very rare and fine gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, day, date, Tiffany green Stella dial and bracelet, A.K.A. "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Circa 1977
35mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$160,000 - 320,000 
€17,400-34,800
$20,000-40,000

Sold for HK$400,000

Contact Specialist
Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FIVE

Hong Kong Auction 28 November 2017