Rolex Day-Date 1803 'Rose Baguettes'
Break out the Nutella and French cheese, because we’ve stocked up on baguettes.
Rolex Day-DateIn 1956, Rolex introduced one the most iconic watches ever made: the Day-Date.
Break out the Nutella and French cheese, because we’ve stocked up on baguettes.Vintage Day-Dates in rose-gold are rare already, since the vast majority of them were produced in yellow-gold (and some in white-gold). This 18k rose-gold ref. 1803 from 1970 takes the proverbial crown, however, due to its exceedingly rare dial configuration.The silvered dial is uncommon by itself as rose gold Day-Dates were typically delivered with matching pink dials. More importantly, though, the dial is factory-set with baguette cut diamond indices. Now, it’s not uncommon to see diamond-set Day-Dates. They are, after all, the most luxurious watch in the Rolex catalogue. However, 99.9% of diamond Day-Dates feature dials with baguettes solely at the 6 and 9 o’clock positions and princess-cut diamonds on the remaining indices, making a full baguette setting exceedingly rare and sought-after.If this weren’t enough, the watch comes on a beautiful and well-preserved 18k rose gold Jubilee bracelet. Taken together, this Day-Date is a true collector’s dream.
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).