View full screen - View 1 of Lot 2255. Day-Date, Reference 1803 | A white gold wristwatch with day, date, special order luminous black dial, sports hands, smooth bezel and bracelet, Manufactured upon special request in 1969 | 勞力士 | Day-Date 型號1803 | 白金腕錶,備日期、星期顯示及特製黑色夜光錶盤,運動型指針, 光滑錶圈及鏈帶,1969年特別訂製 .
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Rolex

Day-Date, Reference 1803 | A white gold wristwatch with day, date, special order luminous black dial, sports hands, smooth bezel and bracelet, Manufactured upon special request in 1969 | 勞力士 | Day-Date 型號1803 | 白金腕錶,備日期、星期顯示及特製黑色夜光錶盤,運動型指針, 光滑錶圈及鏈帶,1969年特別訂製

Property from an Important Collection

Rolex

Rolex

Day-Date, Reference 1803 | A white gold wristwatch with day, date, special order luminous black dial, sports hands, smooth bezel and bracelet, Manufactured upon special request in 1969 | 勞力士 | Day-Date 型號1803 | 白金腕錶,備日期、星期顯示及特製黑色夜光錶盤,運動型指針, 光滑錶圈及鏈帶,1969年特別訂製

Day-Date, Reference 1803 | A white gold wristwatch with day, date, special order luminous black dial, sports hands, smooth bezel and bracelet, Manufactured upon special request in 1969 | 勞力士 | Day-Date 型號1803 | 白金腕錶,備日期、星期顯示及特製黑色夜光錶盤,運動型指針, 光滑錶圈及鏈帶,1969年特別訂製

Property from an Important Collection


Rolex

Day-Date, Reference 1803

A white gold wristwatch with day, date, special order luminous black dial, sports hands, smooth bezel and bracelet, Manufactured upon special request in 1969

勞力士

Day-Date 型號1803

白金腕錶,備日期、星期顯示及特製黑色夜光錶盤,運動型指針, 光滑錶圈及鏈帶,1969年特別訂製


Dial: black with large luminous dot and baton numerals

Calibre: cal. 1556 automatic, 26 jewels

Case: 18k white gold, screw down case back

Case number: 2'167'821

Closure: 18k white gold Rolex President bracelet and folding clasp

Size: 36 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 180 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: Rolex presentation box

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The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The dial is in attractive condition. The lumes have all aged to an ivory hue and have all aged consistently. The lumes to the hands is of a different tone. The case with surface wear throughout that can be seen with the naked eye. The bracelet with surface wear throughout that can be seen with the naked eye. The bracelet is stamped for the 4th quarter of 1969 and the links are a little loose.


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 was presented in Basel in 1956. The Day-Date has always been an automatic, water-resistant wristwatch and indicates the hours and the minutes, the day of the week and the date. Its design is timeless and has survived all of the fashion trends since then and is still in production today.


The Day-Date can be found with stella dials, hardstone dials, precious dials, Khanjar dials, standard dials and even wood and fossil dials. The present watch is one of two examples that was made to custom specifications by the original owner. When it was first seen on the market in 2017, the watch caused quite a stir amongst collectors, scholars and the market.


The present watch was first sold at auction by the family of the original owner in 2017. The original owner requested to have a Day-Date with the look and feel of a Submariner or SeaDweller. This Day-Date completely crafted of white gold is a results of that customization. Delivered to the original owner in 1969, the watch has been serviced by Rolex on four different occasions from the 1970s to 1990s and on the 30th of March 2017, was completely overhauled by Rolex in Geneva.


This Day-Date, a reference 1803, should be fitted with a fluted bezel. The dial has been made in the Submariner-style with a black matte finish and luminous dots and baton numerals. The signature is painted in white and the luminous Mercedes hands are usually found on sports model and never on a Day-Date.