Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 18, 2022

LOT 42

Ref. 1804, Day Date, Stella burgundy dial, Diamonds, Yellow gold

EUR 20,000 - 40,000

USD 22,600 - 45,200 / HKD 178,000 - 354,000 / CHF 20,800 - 41,600

Sold: EUR 35,100

18K yellow gold, tonneau-shaped, water-resistant self-winding wristwatch with screwed case-back, winding-crown, diamond-set bezel, burgundy “ox-blood” “Stella” colour dial with applied diamond- set indexes and luminescent dots, centre-seconds and two horological complications, including date (aperture at 3) and day (aperture at 12).

Grading System
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Geneva

Model Oyster Perpetual Day-Date

Reference 1804 / 1803

Year Circa 1977

Movement No. DD 827 525

Case No. 5 210 593

Bracelet 18K yellow gold Rolex president bracelet, concealed folding deployant clasp signed Rolex, end-links stamped 53, approx. overall length 165 mm

Diameter 36 mm.

Caliber 1556

Weight 130 gr. (approx.)

Signature Case, dial and movement


Lot in temporary importation and subject to additional fees (see our general terms and conditions of sale)


The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date was introduced at the Basel Fair in 1956. This is the first model to indicate both the date and the day of the week. Nicknamed “watch of presidents », it has proved popular ever since. Introduced in 1959, the iconic ref. 18XX is produced with many variants until 1966. This family of references has become the classic canon that is associated with the Rolex Day-Date. The reference 1804 appeared in 1961, together with the reference 1803. The model has the distinctive feature of having a bezel setted with diamonds. For a short period in the 1970s, it was available with colored dials that had the appearance of enamel. Known among collectors as Stella dials, they are considered rare collectors' items. The current "oxblood" or "burgundy" lacquered dial of this watch immediately catches the eye. The rarity of the piece is further enhanced by the sparkling diamonds on the bezel and dial.