Rolex Day-Date 1803 'Lilac Stella'

Museum Piece
A happy accident or maybe hindsight really is 20/20.

A happy accident or maybe hindsight really is 20/20. What it all boils down to is that the outrageously colored Rolex dials from the 1970s and 1980s are among the most sought after vintage watches nowadays.

And it’s not that hard to understand why. During the 1970s and 1980s Rolex offered brightly colored lacquered dials, nicknamed ‘Stella’ by Italian collectors, as an option for the Day-Date. This option wasn’t particularly popular. After all, you had to be a gentleman (or lady) of considerable means to be able to afford a Day-Date and it was unlikely that a person of that stature would wear a gold watch with such a loud, dare we say gaudy, dial. As a result, Stella dial Day-Dates are very collectible nowadays.

This Lilac variety is one of the rarest among the various Stella colors. Only three are known to exist! This particular dial is in stunning condition with the lacquer in pristine condition (whereas many stella dials have developed cracks over the years). Moreover, the tritium luminous compound in the hands and the plots have turned a beautiful creamy color.

This exciting lilac stella Day-Date was produced in 1976 and features a sharp 18k yellow gold case with a matching 18k yellow gold Jubilee bracelet.

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, the retail price was way costlier than previous models. However, due to its popularity among a lot of prestigious people (for example a lot of Presidents, hence its nickname/ bracelet name), it became Rolex’ flagship model. Over the years this model enjoyed associations with various ‘kinds of people’, from celebrities to Mafiosi (like Tony Soprano). They had all one thing in common: being successful in their area of expertise. To this day the Day-date is still synonymous with prestige and style. With exception of the most modern models the Day-Date comes in at 36mm. Do you earn this watch?