ROLEX | DAY-DATE, REFERENCE 1803 A PINK GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH DAY, DATE, BROWN TOBACCO LACQUERED STELLA DIAL AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1978
Estimate: 160,000 - 240,000 HKD
DAY-DATE, REFERENCE 1803
A PINK GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH DAY, DATE, BROWN TOBACCO LACQUERED STELLA DIAL AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1978
Dial: brown tobacco stella
Calibre: cal. 1556 automatic, 26 jewels
Case: 18k pink gold, screw down case back
Case number: 5'132'894
Closure: 18k pink gold Rolex President bracelet and folding clasp
Size: 37 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 190 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The day and date function is working properly. The acrylic crystal with a minor ding at 1 o'clock. The dial is very nice and intact. The luminous plots is very attractive with a minor loss to 1 o'clock. The bezel and band with signs of wear throughout. The front of the lugs with surface wear particularly to the upper right lugs but this is consistent with the age of the watch. The case back with minor surface wear throughout but with nice strong hallmarks. Otherwise the watch retains in its original condition and is a very lovely and honest vintage watch. The bracelet is slightly stretched and with minor surface wear surface wear throughout.
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.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."
The Rolex Day-Date President model is a watch that defines prestige, excellence, and timelessness. With an extensive production run from the late 1950s to the late 1970s, there were many varieties of precious metals and dials made for this model. However, one of its most iconic representations would be the ones with a Stella “lacquered” dial such as the present example. Ornamented with an uncommon tobacco-colored dial, the present example is one of the rarest examples of the Stella available and is preserved in very good and original condition.