1966 Rolex Day-Date 18K WG (Ref. 1803) Glossy Black "Doorstop" Gilt Dial
The Rolex Day-Date is one of the most iconic and beautiful watches in the Rolex catalog. The Rolex Day-Date earned the nickname "President" after it was rumored President Dwight Eisenhower wore one, but Eisenhower actually wore a Rolex 18K yellow gold Oyster-Perpetual Datejust which Rolex gifted to him in 1953. However, the nickname "President" is quite fitting for the Day-Date as Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Ford, Reagan, Nixon, and Roosevelt, all wore the Rolex Day-Date. Apart from its executive affiliation, the Day-Date is a symbol of status and luxury, only produced in highly refined precious metals including 18K yellow, white, and rose gold and also platinum, featuring both the day and date complications within the movement.
Rolex always finds the perfect balance between luxury and functionality, and this 1966 Rolex Day-Date ref. 1803 really sets itself apart in solid 18k white gold and features a rare and stunning glossy gilt dial with "doorstop" markers. We love white gold watches as they carry the weight of solid 18k gold with a subtle statement and an extra level of refinement.
|Material||18K White Gold|
|Dial||Glossy Black Gilt "Doorstop"|
|Strap||2pc Handmade Leather Strap|
The 18k white gold case is in impressive overall condition, showing thick and even lugs that display crisp finishing and angles with only light signs of use present. The 18K white gold fluted bezel remains in exceptional condition and is believed to remain unpolished with gentle signs of use shown. The case back is very crisp with the original factory dimensions intact. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.
The original glossy black "pie-pan" dial with gilt print and "doorstop" markers is in genuinely beautiful condition. The glossy finish remains mirror-like with no cracking visibly present and only the only elements of age being nominal in nature. The tritium lume plots feature a soft eggshell patina and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and display no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The metallic date wheel is original with "open" 6's and 9's.
None. The watch is keeping time, backed by our 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.