An extremely fine and attractive pink gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, day, date, burgundy lacquer “Stella” dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1973
    Reference No: 1803
    Movement No: DD172’817
    Case No: 3’557’306
    Model Name: Day-Date “Stella”
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K pink gold Rolex President bracelet, endlinks stamped 53, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp

  • Catalogue Essay

    When Rolex introduced the Day-Date 1803 was introduced in 1959, the reference held the iconic design of the famed watch witnessed on the wrist of President Eisenhower at one point, hence the nickname the Rolex “President”. Since the launch, various dial material and colors were fitted on the Day-Date, including a lacquered dial by the name of “Stella”, which is highly sought after by collectors today.

    The present example is a beautiful Rolex Day-Date in pink gold fitted with a vibrant “Ox blood” “Stella” dial. Presented in excellent overall condition, this is a wonderful opportunity for “Stella” collectors to complete their spectrum.

  • 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
An extremely fine and attractive pink gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, day, date, burgundy lacquer “Stella” dial and bracelet

勞力士,「Day-Date」型號1803,十分精細,18K玫瑰金自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,備中心秒針、日期、星期顯示、「Stella」酒紅色亮漆錶盤,約1973年製

Circa 1973
36mm diameter
Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp

Estimate
HK$150,000 - 250,000 
€17,200-28,600
$19,200-32,100

sold for HK$275,000

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019