1969 Rolex Day-Date 18K YG (Ref. 1803) Non-Luminous "Doorstop" 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. 

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This 1969 Rolex Day-Date ref. 1803 retains its original and sought-after non-luminous champagne pie-pan dial. This Day-Date ref. 1803 is simply stunning and would be a wonderful addition to any collection as an executive piece that would stand out from the crowd.

Stock #
Brand Rolex
Style Day-Date
Model 1803
Serial 19XXXXX
Size Men's
Material 18K Yellow Gold
Dial  Gold
Millimeters 36
Bracelet 2pc Handmade Leather Strap W/ Rolex Gold Plaque Buckle 



The beautiful 18K yellow gold case is believed to be unpolished with honest and gentle signs of use, retaining excellent factory dimensions and finishing throughout. The 18K yellow gold bezel remains unpolished, showing sharp angles with almost no signs of previous use. The case back also retains very impressive factory finishing. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap with an original Rolex gold plaque tang buckle.


The stunning gold sunburst "doorstop" dial is simply exceptional, showing no damage and only nominal age. The original tritium lume hands have aged to a charming golden coloration and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The metallic date wheel is original with open 6's and 9's.


None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.