Watch Reviews Rolex Day-Date 1803

My First Grail Watch

Dial of Rolex Day Date 1803To own a Rolex, in my mind, is to claim a rare distinction. Looking back I never would have thought that I would own a Rolex at my current age, let alone the model of my dreams. My first Rolex was a two tone Datejust, reference 16233, with a silver index dial; followed by a more vintage reference 16013 Silver Tapestry and a 17000 Oyster quartz.  These watches possess a unique quality. They are by no means large watches, but they command a strong presence. I am a firm believer that a watch speaks volumes about its wearer, and nothing speaks louder than a distinctive dress piece from one of the most important brands in existence. They are filled with a lifetime of stories and every scratch or mark carries with it a memory.

I love my Datejust watches, but there has been one more piece that I have always dreamt of: the Day-Date. Before, this watch was a status symbol for rap stars and celebrities, it adorned the wrists of presidents and dictators alike, along with dignitaries, socialites and royalty. The 18kt yellow “presidential” bracelet compliments the traditional gold case beautifully.

Day-Date 1803

My particular watch is a Rolex Day-Date 1803, also referred to as the President.  It gets it’s second name from the extraordinary presidents and dignitaries who have worn the watch.  I love the tall acrylic crystal, and the little nuances associated with setting the non-quickset day and date displays. Instantly recognizable around the world, Rolex to this day offers the option of 26 different language choices for the day wheel; mine is in Spanish, and was originally sold to a client from a dealer in Mexico. The champagne pie-pan dial is original and completely intact. All twelve tritium markers are standing strong as well.   It’s no wonder this watch became one of Rolex’s most popular watch.  The President bracelet features a conceal clasp and the style of the fluted bezel and screw-down case command a presence on one’s wrist.  This watch has a lot of character, and that’s what I appreciate about it the most.  It is perfect for dressy occasions, such as black tie events or a nice dinner, but is also equally appropriate for more casual wear to the office.

Movement: Automatic

Functions: Day (in Spanish) and date

Case and Bracelet: 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel on an 18k yellow gold bracelet with concealed folding buckle.

Dial and Hands:  Gold dial with 12 tritium hour markers and sweeping hands.


About Josh Srolovitz
After getting into watches at a young age, Josh acquired his first luxury watch while still in high school, the Omega 300m GMT 50th Anniversary. He has since continued on with his passion for watches and has owned a Rolex 16233 Datejust, 16013 Datejust, 17000 Oyster Quartz, 1803 Day Date, Rose Gold Chronographe Suisse, and a Corum Trophy 41. He started at Govberg Jewelers in 2012 and it has only fueled his passion for collecting timepieces. Find Josh at the Philadelphia location of Govberg Jewelers.
  • Jay Bowling

    Appreciate the helpful info as I shop for this exact day date. Did want to point out that you should NEVER wear a watch to a black tie event. All “working” pieces of your tuxedo are covered, and like wise a watch should be nowhere insight. When at a black tie event, you are a gentleman of leisure and aren’t concerned with the time. It’s also, traditionally, considered rude to the hosts/event. The only allowable exception (in my eyes, and traditionally if you want to nail the accuracy) is a pocket watch, checked only in private.