Rolex Day-Date Ref. 1803 - Merchant Marine Watch
When the Day-Date was released in 1956, it was the only complicated Rolex for sale. Hard to believe, but people didn’t want Rolex’s previous attempts at complicated wristwatches. All of that changed when President Dwight D. Eisenhower was spotted wearing the Rolex, and the watch became known as ‘The President’. An internationally known symbol of success and prestige, the Rolex Day-Date was available for many years on a strap or matching solid gold bracelet.
This present example has a few unique details to it, most notably the dial. For starters, it is a desirable ‘doorstop’ dial. Why do we call is a ‘doorstop’ dial? Glad you asked! The unique trapezoidal shape of the hour markers at 6 and 9 are shaped like the old-fashioned doorstops you might have seen in your school. While that might sound silly - just remember that watch collectors love nicknames!
Next, we turn our attention to the logo on the dial, as well as the caseback engraving. Printed at 6 in bright red is the Anchor logo of the Merchant Marines, and the caseback proudly states: "In Appreciation
B.J. McDermott 1954-1984". Clearly a gift for 30 years of service to the Merchant Marines.
Furthermore, the dial condition is outstanding featuring fully in-tact lume plots and perfectly matching handset. The outer track of this present example is in outstanding condition and has no signs of chipping or wear, and the watch is fitted to sword style luminous hands. Truly a special watch, if only it could talk!
*Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting.
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