Rolex Day-Date 1802

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The vast majority of Day-Dates were delivered with the classic fluted bezel. That makes this ref. 1802 with polished domed bezel an attractive and uncommon alternative.Besides the smooth domed bezel, the elegant mid-century stylings make this 1802 stand out amongst the crowd. The champagne coloured pie-pan dial sports fancy applied 18k yellow-gold ‘claw-markers’ that are shaped like the talons of a bird of prey together with slightly tapered 18k gold ‘cigarette hands’. You will be hard pressed to find any such classic mid-century detailing on another 18xx series Day-Date as a minimalist aesthetic took hold of the Genevan giant by the early 1960s. The watch is in excellent condition, with a thick case. The dial shows signs of hand drag (the hour hand touched the dial some time in the past). Although it is barely visible, we thought you should know. The watch comes on a beautiful matte black alligator leather strap, making for a handsome classic mid century style dress watch.

Introduction

Rolex Day-DateIn 1956, Rolex introduced one the most iconic watches ever made: the Day-Date. The Day-Date was the first waterproof self-winding chronometer certified wristwatch with a day and date function. And to top it off, it was only available in gold or platinum! Rolex also designed a new three-link bracelet, known as the ‘President,’ to pair with this special watch. With exception of the most modern executions, the Day-Date comes exclusively in a 36mm case.Ref. 18xxA new era dawned for the Day-Date when the earliest references (65xx & 66xx) were replaced by the 18xx series in 1959, which contained the cal. 1555 and later the cal. 1556 movement.  The 18xx Day-Date was produced with a wide variety of dial colors and configurations. Characteristic for this era is the so-called ‘Pie-Pan’ dial that looks like an upside-down pie-pan (a concentric ring that slopes down from the flat centre).The last two digits of the 18xx references indicate the type of bezel or the bezel/case decoration:

  • Ref. 1802: Domed/polished bezel
  • Ref. 1803: Fluted bezel
  • Ref. 1804: Diamond-set bezel (and dial)
  • Ref. 1806: Florentine-finish bezel and case
  • Ref. 1807: Bark bezel
  • Ref. 1811: Engraved (Morellis or Moiré) bezel and case

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