Rolex, "Oyster Perpetual, Day Date, Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified", 18K yellow gold, Reference 118238. Water-resistant, center-seconds self-winding wristwatch with day, date, Blue diamond-set dial and an 18K yellow gold Rolex President bracelet with concealed deployant clasp. Accompanied by the original Rolex box, hang-tags, original papers, wallet, and booklet. In New Old stock condition. Never worn with all plastic protection still intact.
Case: Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, screw-down case back and crown, faceted bezel, curved lugs, sapphire crystal with cyclops lens.
Dial: Satine blue with applied yellow gold diamond-set hour indexes, baguette diamond quarter-hour indexes, outer Roman numerals on the minute/seconds track, apertures for the days of the week and the date in English. Yellow gold baton hands.
Movement: Cal. 3155, rhodium plated, 31 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, free-sprung monometallic balance adjusted to five positions and temperature, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring, quick adjustment of the date and of the day of the week, hack mechanism.
Watch is in New Old Stock Condition with no markings, full links and stickers on back, protection on lugs.
All boxes, papers, original Guarantee, manual
Serial Number: F26XXXX
Diameter: 36.5 mm Thickness: 12.5 mm
The Rolex Day-Date model was launched at the Basel Fair in 1956, and has remained a reliable automatic, water-resistant wristwatch with a timeless design that has not changed much since its introduction more than 60 years ago. Featuring time, day, and date indication in a precious metal case, the Day-Date has everything one could want or need in a wristwatch if they had to choose just one.
The reference 1803 Day-Date was introduced in 1961, along with the references 1804 and 1806. The 1803 featured a case that was slightly smaller that previous references, and contained the new caliber 1555 movement.
In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson was photographed wearing a yellow gold Rolex Day-Date – although he was the second US President to wear a Rolex (Dwight Eisenhower being the first) he was the first to wear the Day-Date model with a particular bracelet style. In the mid-1960’s, Rolex began advertising the Day-Date as having the “Presidential” bracelet, designed for the Day-Date model. Later, in the 1980’s, Rolex began referring to the actual Day-Date model itself as the Rolex President in advertisements.
The present example of the Day-Date President is in New Old Stock condition, with a factory plastic protection and reference sticker on the back. The watch with its deep blue dial is striking. A remarkable bargain on a "Time Capsule" watch which has never been worn.