Rolex Day-Date 1803 'Gilt'Sold
Rolex Day-Date 1803 'Gilt'
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El Day-Date sold in mid-60’s South-America; featuring a remarkable gilt dial and D’Agosto bracelet.
This stunning mid-60s Day-Date, reference 1803, is a true beauty. The 36 mm Oyster case houses the caliber 1556 and on top of that automatic movement sits this beautiful glossy black dial that has no blemishes. In our humble opinion nothing quite beats the black on gold contrast, add the depth that a galvanic 'Gilt' dial provides and you have yourself a winner. Interestingly enough it has quite a bold and fat font, typically seen on some "Swiss-only" dials in the 60's. Complimented with broad markers at the 6 and 9 plus tapered batons at the remaining hours. Lastly, the 'cigar hands' are characteristic for this era. The lume in the hands are original and perfectly matching the plots on the dial, which are all intact.
You might have seen the paperwork by now. As you might now, we prioritise condition, originality and configuration over additional items like box and papers. Yet, here it tells something interesting. It comes with a cool Spanish booklet "El Day-Date" and the original "El Cronometro Garanzia" from 1966. This explains why there is a rare "South-American" President bracelet attached. These were licensed by Rolex to D'Agosot due to high import tax and are quite desirable. Look at the sharp coronet on the clasp and the big logo on the inside.
This 'four-digit' Day-Date is in great shape all around. The 18k yellow gold President bracelet with folded clasp has little to no stretch. The case has thick lugs and the fluted bezel is still sharp. The original discs are still installed. But most importantly, we are in awe with that incredible dial...