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A Day
Observed

A story presented by

Scene 1:
‘Morning’

It was a bright cold day with glassy surfaces that looked hard.
Into the square frame he stood as if in a dream.

What emerged was precisely what he expected to find: a reflection of memory images. Contemplating his face in the photo frame he waited.

1960s lucite and chrome 3 image photo frame

By the steady hands of his watch, he listened to time. Every day for the past sixteen days he saw her. Silver lingered in the crease of
an open book.

Rolex burlwood dial, Jubilee bracelet Miniature
oar English university trophy, sterling silver.

So absorbed in his thoughts
he hardly saw the platinum catch-all, the key, or the revelation locked inside those lapis lazuli cufflinks tossed unmistakably in cold blue.

Hans Hanson catch-all. Mid-century, Danish sterling silver. Stirrup money clip, by Hermès. Padlock keyring, sterling silver " Tie bar-slide " Round lapis lazuli cufflinks" Square cufflinks, two tone rose and yellow gold, diamond."

Only by whirling on his heel could he hope to comprehend
the panorama.

Shoe horn, circa 1930. American sterling silver
Scene 2:
‘Noon’

He remained.Trapped in that enormous room,
unmistakably familiar in feeling yet so peculiar.

Above the mantle was
displayed an Austrian hound
of impeccable integrity.

Hagenauer sculpture, 1930

His gaze fell on the letter opener. By accident she had learnt more about his life from the contents of that letter than anywhere.

Dunhill letter opener with lighter top, circa 1950

Cleopatra’s eye reflected
the sun. Through the hypnotism
of precious metals there
emerged a dark slender shadow.

Cleopatra’s eye magnifying glass. Mid-century, gold plated
Hermès weighted pen. Silver plated.

A lighter presented itself, smooth to the touch
it gave the impression of
intelligent company.

Table lighter St Dupont, circa 1960. Gold plate
Scene 3:
‘Evening’

All this time light was receding from the room.

“I should explain why I spend so much time here”, said the silhouette. Leaves moved like shadows across her eyes.

Hermès rope bottle opener. Plated silver.

It’s not too late to turn back. Time moved with faint sounds.

Venini hourglass. Hand-blown lurid Murano glass.

He unscrewed the telescopic cup, rolled and remained still. Black eyes on the dice prophesied a new cycle.

Telescopic cup, J. E. Cauldwell. Gold plated. Dice,
Cartier for America. Vitreous enamel glass, silver

Staring down at the varnished surface her mouth worried him while her eyes examined the gold cufflink.

Audemar Piguet evening watch. gold plated, Roman dial, alligator strap
Scene 4:
‘Night’

Everything went crashing black.

Pale graceful hands placed
the gold stud box delicately
on the table.

Men’s Edwardian jewellery box, 1910. Gold plated.
Mid-century British cigar ashtray. Sterling silver and crystal.

He lit a match to make sure the watch had really stopped. Smoke lingered from its vesta case.

Realist wrapped tobacco leaf march vesta. Silver.

As the travel clock neared
one the figure vanished into dappled shadows.

Art Deco Jaeger LeCoultre travel clock.
Gold and silver plated. Retailed by Aspray.

On the newly varnished table two bronze shot cups sat alive like in a dream.

Tooth shot cup by Foundwell. Bronze and silver plated.
Set of 4, 3 silver 1 gold. Heath & Midleton champagne decanters circa 1900.
Sterling silver and glass.
The End

‘A DAY OBSERVED’
A story by FOUNDWELL
Photography Matthieu Lavanchy, creative direction OK-RM,
notes by Kate O’Brien and objects selected by Alan Bedwell

‘A DAY OBSERVED’
A story by FOUNDWELL
Photography Matthieu Lavanchy,
creative direction OK-RM
notes by Kate O’Brien
and objects selected by Alan Bedwell

Early and Rare Sterling Silver Gorham Martini Mixing Bucket

Golf Cocktail Shaker
and Matching Golf Bag Cup

Sterling Silver Woven Bottle Coaster

Foundwell

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A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day Date model, often referred to as the "President", in solid eighteen carat yellow gold.  This is an exceptional, pristine example of the third reference of this iconic, and arguably game changing model for Rolex.  The watch was first introduced into the Rolex line up under the reference 6511 in 1956, and a year later was re-modeled as the 6611 and featured the Rolex calibre 1055 movement.  This model ran until 1959 when the 1803 reference was introduced with a new movement again.  This time the 1555 calibre.  This 1803 model is fitted with the updated 1556 calibre movement which was initially launched by Rolex in 1965.  

This example is in excellent condition, with the movement and case and in superb, original condition.  The rare, bronze coloured linen, pie pan dial with black printing is untouched, and shows no sign of wear or damage and has all of the lume plots still in tact, although some have slightly deteriorated.  They match well with the hands to a light milky coffee colour, and react equally under UV light.  The day of the week wheel in this example is written in Spanish, which is less common.   The watch is presented on its original President solid eighteen carat gold bracelet, which has some wear and "sag" to it.

The serial number of this watch is 3452XXX which dates it to circa 1973.  The Swiss poinçon hallmark on the case lug is still crisp, as is the "18k" stamp on the other side, which illustrates that the case has received very little polishing over the years, and perhaps none to the case back itself. The lugs themselves are also quite thick highlighting the lack of polishing in now nearly fifty years.   This also all points to the fact that this example was worn very infrequently.  There is also the small, but intersting addition of the original solid gold spring bars.  So many times these are taken and replaced with steel examples.  A minor detail, but always a fun element to find when still in place. 

Overall, this is a very unusual dial on a classic and iconic watch. There were many iterations of Rolex's flagship model over the years.  This dial combination in this example is perhaps one of the most beautiful examples we have handled.  There is something very special and warm with the combination of this rare colour and the texture of the linen.  A beautiful and rare example.

The watch comes with a Foundwell one year warranty.

 


Price $15,895.00

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Item Dimensions
Case Size
1.42 inches (3.6068cm)