1971 Rolex Day-Date (Ref. 1803) 18K YG "Non-Luminous Wide Boy 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.
This 1971 Rolex Day-Date ref. 1803 retains its original and sought after non-luminous champagne "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||Champagne "Wide Boy"|
|Bracelet||2pc Handmade Leather Strap|
The strong 18k yellow gold case has been lightly polished in the past and retains full and symmetrical lugs that display minimal signs of use. The 18k yellow gold fluted bezel has been very lightly polished in the past and remains in excellent condition. The factory hallmarks remain crisp and legible. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.
The champagne "pie-pan" dial features the sought after non-luminous "wide boy" dial configuration and is in exceptional and original condition. The original cigarette-style "wide boy" hands are in excellent condition as well. The metallic gold date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.
None. The watch is keeping time and functioning perfectly, previous service history is unknown.