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Rolex Day-Date 1803
Leonardo: The Left-Handed Day-Date

03.24.15

Leonardo – The 'Left Handed' Day-Date, Reference 1803
9 May Glamorous Day-Date

A highlight of our 9 May Glamorous Day-Date thematic auction is without a doubt, the only known example of a left-handed Day-Date watch.

All the elements of this watch are identical to a regular Day-Date, but the crown is now, on the present example, on the left side of the case, giving practical access to a left-hander's dominant hand while wearing the watch on the right wrist. Until today, this white gold 1803 reference, probably made upon special order by Rolex during the second half of the Sixties, has never appeared in literature.

The 'left-side' setting is distinguished by the placement of the winding crown on the left, the reference number at 12 o'clock and the serial number at 6 o'clock. The 'chocolate' color, lacquered "Stella" dial shows silver metallic pigment graphics and is enriched with round cut diamond hour markers and baguette-cut diamonds at 6 and 9 o'clock.

Historically interesting and possibly unique, the present Day-Date is offered in wonderful original condition.

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