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Why We Love It
The Rolex Day-Date is arguably one of the most iconic dress watches ever made. Dressed up or dressed down, the Day-Date can be paired with anything from a suit to a sweater to look equally appealing on the wrist. It's a truly timeless piece that in our opinions should have a place in every vintage Rolex enthusiast's collection.
Vintage Day-Dates may not be the most difficult Rolex model to locate, but it is becoming more and more difficult to find examples that are not over-polished AND that have untouched dials.
Here we have a Day-Date with an extremely crisp case with sharp lugs, defined hallmarks, without the all too common signs of over-polishing. The desirable silver sunburst pie-pan dial is also untouched with a beautiful light patination across the luminescent plots.
All in all, it's an exceedingly clean piece perfect to strap on the wrist for everyday wear.
When you’ve got a good thing going, sometimes you just know. Such is the case with the Rolex Day-Date. At the time of the Day-Date’s release in 1956, it was Rolex’s only complicated wristwatch: all previous attempts had failed to resonate with consumers.
But as soon as Rolex secured the patent in July of 1955, production of the Day-Date was rushed for a debut at the Basel Fair the following spring.
Although early Day-Dates were plagued by technical problems resulting from the complexity of the automatic movement, those were soon resolved. After President Eisenhower sported one (a gift from the manufacture), its success was secured. The model would be tweaked and improved throughout the 1950s and on into the 60s, until the introduction of the Reference 1803 in 1965, which—due to its long production run—is deemed by many collectors to be the Day-Date to own.
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18k Yellow Gold Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding crown). Rolex Reference 1803. Rolex Automatic Winding Movement. Circa 1964.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall, showing light wear consistent with age and use, crisp lugs, defined hallmarks, and no signs of over-polishing. Silver sunburst dial is in very good, untouched condition with minor edge wear and lovely even patination to the luminescent indices. Luminous baton hands have been professionally refinished to match. Rolex signed crown.
Includes one 20mm leather strap.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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