1970 Rolex Day-Date (Ref. 1803) 18K YG "Wide Boy"
"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.
This 1970 Rolex Day-Date ref. 1803 retains its original and sought-after silver "Wide Boy" pie-pan dial. The "wide boy" dials make for a distinctly unique look among the early Day-Dates and Rolex only produced this dial for a very short period of time. The "Wide-Boy" name comes from the oversized block markers and the extra-wide "cigarette hands", and can be seen in either the Datejust or the Day-Date models from the early 70s. This "wide boy" 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.
|Material||18K Yellow Gold|
|Dial||Silver "Wide Boy"|
|Bracelet||2pc Handmade Leather Strap|
CASE & BRACELET
The excellent 18k yellow gold case has been lightly polished in the past and retains strong and symmetrical lugs that display light signs of use. The 18k yellow gold fluted bezel is in very impressive condition with light signs of use. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap with a gold-colored buckle.
DIAL & HANDS
The beautiful silver sunburst "pie-pan" dial features the sought-after "wide boy" configuration and is in exceptional original condition. The "wide boy" block markers remain in excellent condition showing no oxidation or scratching. The tritium lume plots have achieved a handsome golden patina, under U.V. light inspection the 10 o'clock plot remains intact but shows some degradation, the rest of the lume plots exhibit no degradation. The original cigarette-style "wide boy" hands match the dial perfectly and display no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The metallic date wheel is era-correct 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.