Rolex

1960 Rolex Day-Date (Ref. 1803) 18k YG

$ 9,500

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 had been rumored that President a Dwight Eisenhower began wearing one.  In reality, Eisenhower wore a Rolex 18K yellow gold Oyster Perpetual Datejust which Rolex gifted to him in 1950. However the nickname President stuck and is quite fitting for the Day-Date as Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Ford, Reagan, Nixon and Roosevelt, all wore the Rolex Day-Date model.  It has always been a symbol of status and luxury as the Rolex Day-Date is only made in precious metals most commonly 18k yellow gold and possesses both the day and date complications within the movement. 

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The early ref. 1803 Rolex Day-Dates feature charming nuances within each dial variant that give these early models amazing character and collectibility. This Rolex Day-Date ref. 1803 from 1960 is an executive timepiece that offers true uniqueness, perfect for the collector who wants something a little different in their collection for special occasions or daily use.

Stock #
RLXDD1803-60
Brand Rolex
Style Day-Date
Model 1803
Serial 64XXXX
Size Men's
Material 18K Yellow Gold
Dial Champagne
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Vintage Style Leather Strap

 

CASE & BRACELET

The lightly polished 18k yellow gold case remains in wonderful condition, showing full and even lugs that display only light signs of use. The 18k yellow gold fluted bezel is excellent, remaining sharp with almost no signs of use. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.

DIAL & HANDS

The original "pie-pan" champagne dial with dagger markers has a wonderful vintage aesthetic, showing normal signs of aging throughout the dial. The radium lume plots all remain intact and have taken on a nice dark patina, under U.V. light inspection the lume shows some light degradation. The original radium alpha-style hands match the dial nicely and show no degradation under U.V.  light inspection. The metallic gold date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.

ACCESSORIES 

None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec. The watch will come with a one year warranty on accurate timekeeping.