1963 Rolex Day-Date 18k WG (Ref. 1803) Gilt Non-Luminous 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 had been rumored that President Dwight Eisenhower began wearing one, however, Eisenhower 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 and is 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.
Rolex always finds the perfect balance between luxury and functionality, and this 1963 Rolex Day-Date ref. 1803 really sets itself apart in solid 18k white gold with a beautiful non-luminous glossy gilt dial and handset, and a rare "Made in Japan" President bracelet. 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"|
|Bracelet||Rolex "Made in Japan" 18K WG President Bracelet|
The strong and symmetrical 18k white gold case exhibits light signs of honest use with thick lugs and has acheived a slight warm patina throughout. The 18k white gold fluted bezel remains crisp and exceptional condition, showing only minimal signs of use. The rare and original Rolex "Made in Japan" 18K white gold President bracelet retains 19 links with almost no stretch from use and will fit up to a 7 1/2 inch wrist.
The exceptionally well-preserved and gorgeous glossy black gilt dial is both sought-after and exceedingling seldom to see in this fine of condition. The dial itself retains its glossy finish without hairline cracks that would be commonly seen in gilt dials, and the only visible element of age is very subtle texture that is only visible under direct light with magnification. The non-luminous baton hands match the quality of the rest of the watch with only minor signs of age present. The metallic date wheel is original with open 6's and 9's.
None. The watch is keeping time and functioning correclty, previous service history is unknown.