1971 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 1971 Rolex Day-Date ref. 1803 retains its original and sought-after 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||Rolex 18K YG President Bracelet|
The 18k yellow gold case has been lightly polished in the past and retains thick and symmetrical lugs that display almost no signs of use. The 18k yellow gold fluted bezel has been lightly polished as well and shows almost no signs of previous use. The original Rolex 18k yellow gold President bracelet is stamped 4/71 and retains 18 links that show some stretch from use.
The excellent "pie pan" champagne dial with "Wide Boy" markers and hands is in exceptional condition, showing no damage or major signs of age. The tritium lume plots have taken on a beautiful golden patina and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium cigarette-style hands match the dial perfectly and show no degradation under U.V light inspection. The original metallic gold date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time within COSC spec, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.