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Rolex Day-Date 1803
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You know that we don't care about box and papers. But it sure is a nice, little extra when it comes with a watch that looks so stunning as this Day-Date!This reference 1803 dates back to 1962, so it's an early bird. The watch is powered by caliber 1556. We are crazy about the four-digit Day-Date references and we particularly like them when they come as vintage as possible. The classic characteristics we love are the champagne-gold pie pan dial and the plexi crystal. But la crème de la crème are the doorstop markers. This watch comes on a leather strap of choice and in our opinion, the four-digit Day-Date references are the only Day-Date models looking cool on a leather strap. It instantly creates a very sophisticated look. This watch comes with box, service history and - something we think is very valuable - the chronometer bulletin. This bulletin contains the results of the tests that were held by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), which is Switzerland's official chronometer testing institute.
Rolex Day-DateThe very essence of luxurious time-keeping, provided with a day and date function. It was launched in 1956 as a niche model and was only produced in precious metals (yellow-, white- and rosegold or platinum). Its retail price was way costlier than any other Rolex model. However, due to its popularity among a lot of prestigious people, for example presidents (hence, its nickname), it became Rolex’ flagship model. Over the years this model has enjoyed associations with a wide variety of people, from world leaders, athletes, celebrities and mafiosi (like Tony Soprano). Regardless of the differences, they all had one thing in common: being successful in their area of expertise. Therefore, to this day the Day-Date is still synonymous with luxury, prestige, style and success. With exception of the most modern models, the Day-Date comes in at 36mm. Do you earn this watch?Reference 18XXThe very first Day-Date references (65XX and 66XX) were replaced by the 18XX series in 1959. A new era for the Day-Date began. The caliber 1530, which experienced some difficulties, got replaced by the improved caliber 1555 (early serials) and caliber 1556 (late serials). Characteristic for this era of production is the so-called Pie Pan dial that is called like this because the dial is a concentric ring that slopes downard from the flat centre (looks like an upside-down pie pan). The 18XX came with a wide variety of dials and options of languages for the day display. Moreover, the references indicate the type of bezel or bezel and case decoration.
- Reference 1802: Domed bezel
- Reference 1803: Fluted bezel
- Reference 1804: Diamond-set bezel and index
- Reference 1806: Florentine-finished bezel and case
- Reference 1807: Bark-finished bezel (Often paired with President bracelet with bark-finished centerlinks)
- Reference 1811: Morellis-finished bezel (Often paired with President bracelet with morellis-finished centerlinks)
- SKU 5126
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