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Rolex Day-Date Ref. 1803 - Blue 'Buckley' Dial

Sale price$11,950.00 USD

When the Day-Date was released in 1956, it was the only complicated Rolex for sale. Hard to believe, but after numerous References and attempts to capture the market with more complicated timepieces, it seemed like buyers were not particularly fond of Rolex’s previous attempts at complicated wristwatches. All of that changed when President Dwight D. Eisenhower was spotted wearing on Rolex in particular: a Day-Date. The model has since become known worldwide as ‘The President’ and as symbol of success and prestige.

The Day-Date was available for many years on amatching solid gold bracelet (called a 'President' bracelet), but also on a leather strap like the example that we have here.

The piece that we have here, a Reference 1803 from circa 1978, is a very cool example, featuring a yellow gold case with a blue 'Buckley' dial within. The case has seen an extremely light, tasteful previous polishing and shows normal wear throughout with thick symmetrical lugs and only one small blemish on the tip of the bottom left lug. The 'fluted' yellow gold bezel also shows signs of a faint previous polishing, retaining clear, defined finishing. The beautiful blue dial inside remains in absolutely fantastic condition, showing only the faintest of wear around a few of the Tritium plots — all of which are consistent in color and show only light loss at the 2 o'clock marker.

'Buckleys' are very much a love-it-or-hate-it sort of thing, but we're huge fans and these blue-dial examples are amongst our favorites. And is something about one on leather that just works.

Yellow Gold 1978 Dress

"As collectors themselves, Oliver and Clarke are on a mission to make buying vintage watches as painless as possible."

"The company focuses on good prices for its pieces, elite customer service and full transparency."

"The appointment-only space is inviting, with comfortable seating areas and exposed brick walls."

From Rolex & Patek Philippe, to Cartier & Audemars Piguet. As collectors first, we love the small details that separate the Submariner from Daytona and Calatrava from Royal Oak. This is why you'll find our curated assortment spans decades of generations of models and brands. We believe that watches don't just tell time, they tell history - and life is too short to wear a boring watch.

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