ROLEX | 'STELLA' DAY-DATE, REF 1802, YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET WRISTWATCH WITH DAY, DATE, BRACELET AND BLUE STELLA DIAL CIRCA 1971
Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 CHF
Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 CHF
'STELLA' DAY-DATE, REF 1802
YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET WRISTWATCH WITH DAY, DATE, BRACELET AND BLUE STELLA DIAL
Dial: blue 'Stella', diamond-set indexes
Calibre: cal. 1556 automatic, 26 jewels
Movement number: DD'875'810
Case: 18k yellow gold, screw-down back
Case number: 2'739'572
Closure: 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet and folding clasp
Dimensions: 36 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 200 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex instruction manual and presentation case
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MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing and the date advancing.
CASE: in attractive condition with some sharpness to the lugs and strong hallmarks on the back. There is some oxidation visible and there is noticeable wear in the form of small dings and scratches visible throughout with the naked eye. The inside case back is stamped 1803. The bracelet with some stretching and oxidation. The folding clasp is stamped '1-72' and the endlinks are stamped '53'.
DIAL: in good condition with a beautifully strong blue color and with the diamond indexes intact. A fine crack is visible around 8 o'clock and there are a few other surface blemishes visible when very closely examining the dial. The luminous material reacts very evenly and fades right after exposure. There are fine surface scratches visible to the crystal.
While the lot is further accompanied by a guarantee and Chronometer attestation, they are both off by the last number as they state 2'739'573 instead of the 2'739'572 found on the watch. This may be a mistake by the retailer, since the watch was supposedly sold in Spain with the guarantee issued by Vendrell Joyero, and it has a matching Spanish instruction manual and is equipped with the matching Spanish day-discs.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
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This Day-Date is highlighted by an extravagant blue 'Stella' dial with diamond indexes that really makes this watch from the early 70s stand out. Adding to its rarity is the smooth bezel, which provides a beautiful contrast to the dial and makes the watch slightly more low-key than the fluted bezel would do.
Accompanied by a presentation case and instruction manual in Spanish, this Day-Date has matching Spanish day and date discs and is offered in attractive condition.