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18K White gold
Rolex Day-Date Ref. 1803
Rolex said it like this: “A Rolex will never change the world. We leave that to the people who wear them “.
Since its introduction in 1956, the Day-Date has undoubtedly been Rolex’s flagship. This model is therefore made of precious metal, apart from a number of rare prototypes: platinum and yellow, white and rose gold. The Day-Date has achieved legendary status over the years, not least by famous porters such as former presidents Eisenhower and Ford, athletes like Jack Nicklaus and Pele, and fictional characters such as Don Johnson and Tony Soprano.
The Day-Date that you see here is a white gold reference 1803 from 1968. The glass is the well-known plastic glass that we know from a vintage Rolex; this gives the watch a distinctive look. The original white gold bracelets have often been replaced due to wear. So they often come on a leather strap, like this one …
The movement of this Day-Date is of course fully serviced by our specialists and ready for a couple of
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The president’s watch! The Rolex Day-Date is probably one of the most instantly recognizable watch designs ever made. Being only available in precious metals, it has become synonymous with success and prestige. A watch to celebrate accomplishment.
The Day-Date was launched in 1956 as the Ref. 6510 and Ref. 6511. It was the first watch to display the day of the week as well as the date, hence the name. It was updated to the Ref. 6611, adding Superlative Chronometer certification to the mix. The 6611 is the only Day-Date ever to be made in steel, but only 6 pieces are known to exist.
And then from 1959 until the late 1970’s, we see the most popular vintage Day-Date: the 1800 series. This is the archetypal Day-Date we all know and love. Lyndon B. Johnson was spotted wearing one in 1965, putting the nickname President’s watch firmly in the collective memory.
A 1977 update saw the introduction of a quickset date, in the new 18000 reference series. It wasn’t until 1988 before the 18200 series received a quickset day function, becoming the double quickset.
The Day-Date is available in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum. Countless dial variations include wood, stone and Stella options. Among the many case/bracelet finishes available, the bark is probably best known, resembling the irregular pattern of tree bark. The Day-Date is one of the few Rolex lines with factory gem-set bezels and dials as an option.
The Day-Date is an icon in pop-culture. It wasn’t just American presidents like Johnson and Kennedy who put it on the map. From Tony Soprano to Tupac Shakur, from Warren Buffett to Jennifer Aniston, they were all spotted wearing Day-Dates. Are you next?
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