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08/31/21
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Lot #1078

Rolex 1803 Yellow Gold Day-Date Wide Boy Dial

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Introduction

A legendary timepiece with an unrivaled history, the Rolex Day-Date has earned its place as "The Ultimate Watch of Prestige" from its decades on the wrists of the world's most influential people. Released in 1956, the Day-Date quickly became synonymous with luxury, prestige, and exclusivity thanks to being the watch of choice for the world's athletes, visionaries, and world leaders alike. Only ever constructed of precious metals, the Day-Date's aesthetic is that of sheer elegance and grace. Aside from the beautiful array of dial options that have been available over the decades, the Day-Date's most iconic piece of design is its three-piece "Presidential" or "President" bracelet. Forming the bedrock of its design, the Presidential bracelet has become synonymous with Rolex's flagship collection and their desire to create the very best and most iconic watches that the world has ever seen. With its timeless design and inescapable impact on horology, the Day-Date stands as a vivid reminder of just how successful they have been in realizing that very mission.

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Grade

V 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch Only

Est. value range

$10,000 – $12,000

The Details

Brand

Rolex

Dimensions

36mm

Model

Day-Date

Movement

Self-Winding Caliber 1556

Reference

1803

Bracelet

18k Yellow Gold

Year

1973

Condition

Excellent

Material

18k Yellow Gold

Included

Watch Only

Dial Color

Champagne

THE DIAL

Already distinctive due to its "pie pan" shape, the Day-Date we have here features an extra-wide set of hands and hour markers. Now this timepiece's defining feature, this rare setup is known as the "Wide Boy."

CASE AND BRACELET

Offered in excellent condition, our Wide Boy example features tight endlinks and a bracelet almost devoid of stretch - both rare sights for a watch of this age as presidential bracelets are famed for the stretch they eventually develop.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

The overall condition of the watch is excellent. Dial appears to be undamaged with age-consistent patina. The luminous plots are all present, with a little discoloration visbile. Original tritium hands match the luminous on the dial. Case and bracelet are in excellent shape, with minimal visible surface wear. Bezel teeth are slightly worn due to polish or wear. Bracelet has 21 links in total, with little to no stretch.

Our Perspective

Exclusive to Day-Date models from the early to mid-70s, the Wide Boy dial variants form one of Rolex collecting's classic idiosyncracies whereby a seemingly small feature can have a massive impact on the rarity, collectibility, and desirability of a watch.

Justin Gruenberg

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Lot # 1078

Rolex 1803 Yellow Gold Day-Date Wide Boy Dial

Sold

$12,500

Ended
08/31/21