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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1976
    Reference No: 1803, repeated inside caseback
    Movement No: DD425’302
    Case No: 4’143’832
    Model Name: Day-Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1556, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex Day-Date was first introduced in 1956 and was immediately associated to the luxury glitz and glamour witnessed on the wrist of presidents and celebrities. Regarded as an icon for success, the Day-Date remains in production till date and still serves its purpose as the luxurious Rolex wristwatch. Popular and monumental, the Day-Date offers a wide array of variants to cater to the ever changing taste of collectors, with example featuring different dial colors, materials and configurations and its case in various materials as well as gem-set examples too.

    The ref. 1803 was launched by Rolex in 1960 and remained in production until 1978 and is regarded as one of the most important Day-Date references powered by self-winding cal. 1555 and 1556 for later examples. The present example in 18K yellow gold features an attractive “chocolate” brown dial that harmoniously synchronizes with the tone of the case. Extremely chic, the present ref. 1803 would be a perfect wristwatch to sport on a sunny summer weekend paired along with a loose linen shirt and a beautiful pair of Gurkha shorts.

  • 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, repeated inside caseback
A fine and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with center seconds, day and date indication

Circa 1976
36mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$48,000 - 94,000 
€5,200-10,100
$6,200-12,100

Sold for HK$100,000

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Yoki Chan

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