Rolex Day-Date 1803 'Concentric Arabic'

Museum Piece

A dial with concentric circle finishing and applied Eastern Arabic numerals; all in pink.

This exceptional iteration is truly one of the most desirable Day-Dates ever made. What makes it so special? Starting with the concentric circles on the dial, something you only see in the 60's. This rosé surface results in a spectacular look, especially then you play with the light a bit. This text lay-out, with the model name lower and a more stylised font, is only to be found in very early 18xx and late 66xx series; just like the leaf-shaped hands. To make it more special, Rolex applied 18k rose gold Eastern Arabic indices and matching Arabic day and date discs. Additionally it sports luminous plots, most of which are still in tact.

Over to the bracelet; you will not be disappointed. The pairing with an exceptionally rare 18k rose gold Oyster is perfection. For some reason, the previous owner had the usual polished centrelinks matted, perhaps to shift the attention to the popping dial even more. The construction of this elegant, but slightly more fragile, bracelet is still very strong; matching the condition of the case.

The allure of a rare metal Day-Date -with first series Indic Arabic dial- is undeniable. Only small numbers of these middle-eastern configurations were delivered throughout the sixties and seventees, some on special order for royal families. After extensive research, we believe this exact specimen is fresh to the market. This is a rare opportunity for the spoiled collector.