1973 Rolex Day-Date (Ref. 1803) 18k YG "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 a Dwight Eisenhower began wearing one. In reality, Eisenhower wore a Rolex 18K yellow gold Oyster Perpetual Datejust which Rolex gifted to him in 1950. However the nickname President stuck and is quite fitting for the Day-Date as Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Ford, Reagan, Nixon and Roosevelt, all wore the Rolex Day-Date model. It has always been 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 1973 Rolex Day-Date ref. 1803 retains its original 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 Solid Gold|
|Dial||Champagne "Wide Boy"|
|Bracelet||2pc Handmade Leather Strap|
The 18k yellow gold case has been lightly polished in the paster and retains symmetrical and thick lugs that show light signs of use. The 18k yellow gold fluted bezel is in excellent, lightly polished condition and shows almost no signs of use. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.
The champagne "pie-pan" dial with "wide boy" markers and hands is in stunning original condition, showing no real signs of age or blemishing. The tritium lume plots have taken on a lovely golden coloration and remain full and round when inspected under U.V. light, showing no degradation. The original cigarette-style tritium hands match the dial perfectly and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. 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.