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Rolex Day-Date Ref. 1803 - Satin Silver Dial


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 one Rolex in particular: a Day-Date. The model has since become known worldwide as ‘The President’ and as a symbol of success and prestige.

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

The Reference 1803 that we have here dates to circa 1964 and remains in strong overall condition, with a thick case showing only light wear, with a fantastic satin silver dial with a matching handset within. It comes fitted to one of our Oliver & Clarke branded handmade leather straps with a steel buckle.

All in all, this is an 'elevated' piece while remaining very much under-the-radar.

White Gold 1976 36mm

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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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