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Rolex Day-Date Reference 1803 - Watches Boston
Rolex Day-Date Reference 1803 - Watches Boston
Rolex Day-Date Reference 1803 - Watches Boston
Rolex Day-Date Reference 1803 - Watches Boston
Rolex Day-Date Reference 1803 - Watches Boston
Rolex Day-Date Reference 1803 - Watches Boston

Rolex Day-Date Reference 1803

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SKU: EJWAT09966

Rolex Day-Date Reference 1803 "Bark Texture"

Reference 1803

  • Case Shape: Round
  • Case Diameter: 36 mm
  • Case Thickness: 8.8mm
  • Case Material: 18kt Yellow Gold
  • Dial Color: Black
  • Water Resistance: N/A Water-Resistancy is not guaranteed on a vintage timepiece
  • Screw In Crown: Yes
  • Band Material: 18kt Yellow Gold "Bark" Bracelet
  • Buckle: 18kt Yellow Gold Clasp
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Power Reserve: Approx. 48 hrs
  • Complications: Chronograph Center Second Hand, Day-Date Display
  • Exhibition Caseback: No
  • Warranty: 1 Year Analog Shift Warranty
  • SCL SKU: EJWAT09966

For years, Rolex’s commitment to excellence has given their watches a uniform look that’s wholly unto themselves.

However, that’s not always been the case—at least, not exactly.

True, a Rolex looks like a Rolex. Whether from 1916 or 1960, 1955 or 2015, each watch that Rolex produces has been meticulously designed and machined according to “the Rolex way.” But throughout Rolex’s century of existence, the manufacture has experimented with color, material, and texture, resulting in a dizzying array of products that’s quite impressive to the eye.

Take the Datejust, for example. First released in yellow gold in 1945, its trademark Oyster case (bedrock of all Rolex watches since the 1920s) has been cast in stainless steel, gold, or steel-and-gold. The dials fitted have been anything from silver, blue, or black; matte, gloss, or in textures like linen or even floral motifs.

And the look of the Day-Date, the Datejust’s more refined cousin, hasn’t been static either.

One thing about the Day-Date has remained the same throughout its five decades of production, and that’s the metal: 18k gold, whether in yellow, white, or rose. But regardless of the metal, Rolex has used a stunning variety of finishes on the Day-Date, on the bezel, case, or bracelet.

The finish on this particular Day-Date (a Reference 1803) is certainly one of our favorites. The top of the case and the outer links of the bracelet have been hand engraved with a deeply textured finish known amongst collectors as a "bark finish". This is achieved by etching the gold to make it look like—you guessed it—tree bark.

First appearing in the 1970s, this finish is perhaps most commonly seen on the center link of the President bracelet (so-called because of its association with President Lyndon B. Johnson). This Day-Date, however, has it in spades - both on the outer links of the bracelet and all over the top portions of the case. Combined with the black dial, it gives the watch an extra depth that’s absolutely breathtaking on the wrist.

A favorite of world leaders for decades, the Day-Date is a refined and elegant choice—but when you add a finish like this, the result is a distinctive watch that's positively regal.