Rolex Day-Date Ref. 1803 - Red Quarter Dial
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, and with a myriad of strap choices.
The present example features a crisp gloss white dial with rare ‘red quarter’ indices in which the ‘15, ‘30’, and ‘45’ second marks are printed in red. That subtle difference is just the kind of pomp and circumstance that we collectors love to make an ordinary seeming watch extraordinary! Finished off with an incredibly tight Rolex President bracelet, and truly perfect cream colored lume - this is an ideal watch for somebody looking to be a little different, while still blending in. The present watch benefits from a recent mechanical overhaul, and is still less than half of a modern 36mm Day-Date which delivers incredible value to the collector. On top of all that, you can say you have something in common with President Eisenhower. Hows that for bragging rights?
*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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