Rolex The First series Black lacquer dial Day-Date ref. 1803

Model: ,
Year of issue: 1961
Reference number: 1803
Condition: mint
Status: sold
Dealer country: Monaco
Price in EUR € n/a


Extremely rare 18k yellow gold Rolex Day-Date ref.1803 manufactured in 1961. Released during the mid of the 50’s, Rolex Day-Date was the first wristwatch to showcase the date and the day of the week, fully displayed trough an aperture on the dial. Made in an impressive variant of different dials, it represents one of the most glamorous timepiece ever made and a symbol of Rolex superb creativity. The present Day-Date ref.1803 stands out for its extraordinary appeal and its rare configuration. The spectacular first series black lacquer dial is preserved in pristine condition which produce an arresting contrast with the yellow gold case. The oversized applied yellow gold indexes and the vibrant fluting “Millerighe” bezel provide an impressive character to the whole timepiece. The wonderful riveted and elastic Oyster bracelet complete the charme and the allure of this fascinating example. Case n.: Cal.: Automatic, cal. 1555 Diam.: 36mm Box & Papers: none Manufactured in: 1961


Corrado Mattarelli


In 1956, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date made its debut. Available only in 18 ct gold or platinum, it was the first wristwatch to display the date and day of the week spelt out in full in a window on the dial. With the President bracelet, originally created specially for it, the Day-Date continues to be the watch par excellence of influential people.


Rolex watches have long been associated with those who have, over time, guided the destiny of the world. No matter their vision, their domain of excellence, or their achievements, the one thing these exceptional men and women have in common is often their watch: the Day-Date.