This is just awesome: Day-Date Donnerstag at VRF. An exceedingly wicked list of Day-Dates all in one post. Two words, eight letters: MUST READ!
Spotted: to-die-for Rolex Day-Date 1804 in platinum with big diamond dial and Rolex Day-Date 1807 with stella dial and bark Jubilee.
Two great pieces. The big diamond dial is a real stunner.. But the 1807 ain’t too shabby either; great Stella dial and matching Jubilee, which is a somewhat rare sight. Killer.
Please check out the full catalogue at: http://data.antiquorum.com/eng/flip/2013_May_GV/ . Stunning watches to be seen!
Board Talk: great topic about the love-it-or-hate-it bark Rolexes. Some stunning pieces being shown! The very first Day-Date I bought was a 18078.. I will try to dig up a picture.
Member Rocco asks for advice on a stella dial and gets some valuable insights. His original picture has since been deleted, but luckily another member saved a copy.
Member and friend Steve.P shares his superb green hat-trick, as previously featured on ddrlx.
Member G.C. asks for advice on the value of a rare non-tritium Wide Boy dial and matching hands. Good question – hence the lack of an answer? Who knows.. The Wide Boys are very popular at the moment, and the no-lume version is quite rare.
Must see: Rolex Day-Date story by John Goldberger.
Property Of A Gentleman: threesome of green Rolex Day-Dates.
This is what it’s all about folks. The magic of the Day-Date summed up in three great and exceedingly rare watches.
The 1802 is fitted with a suble Qaboos-signature dial. The 1807 has a great and likely unique dial, with the Omani coat of arms and emeralds in stead of diamonds. The 1806 is fitted with its original brickwork bracelet in matching pattern and a stunning green diamond stella dial. Marvellous.
Must see: great Stella overview by one of our Facebook-friends.
Thanks for sharing – much appreciated!
Still needs major work – please share if you’ve got interesting insights or pics!
Some of you might know that I started working on this project back in 2011. Even back then, I got great and invaluable help & pictures from a few great and notable collectors. One of them send me his insights on collecting Day-Dates. A great read! This gentleman shall remain anonymous for now, but if you’re into Day-Dates you have probably come across his name once or twice..
Thank you for sharing your insights and ever continuing support!
Why I am addicted to 1803 collecting.
Firstly I wanna make it clear, I am definitely no expert. just a humble learning guy who wants to stay out of pissing contests.
I started appreciating and collecting 1803’s when I found sports collecting was getting too out of hand. What I mean by that is; rich bored people coming in from nowhere learning the base big models, buying them up and claiming to be ‘the big collector know it all’. The subsequent mania made what was originally a fun hobby too risky and therefore I sold out of allot of stuff I loved and never dreamed I would sell because I didn’t want, and could not afford, to take the hit when the market took an obvious upcoming and continuing correction.
Anyway, I turned my focus to these DD’s and quickly realized it was something that was very misunderstood and little appreciated. Luckily for us DD fans most collectors cannot detach them from the later sapphires and fail to see the beauty and individuality of them. Also, with the best bang for the buck in the market, and the reluctance of dealers and collectors to learn or write about them I took the time to self teach myself about this very special once flagship model and went to work.
When looking at an 1803 I ask myself one simple question, “what is the unique selling point of this watch?” If I can answer that question and it’s sensibly priced I’ll buy it.
Anyway 2 years down the road, and having made more mistakes than I am ever gonna own up to, my attitude to the 1803 is a simple one. Chase unusual, rare and unique dials, unusual rare and beautiful condition, go for special metals and unusual references. Stay away from the boring and common and try to collect in pairs, sets, and most especially individuality.
I love the 1803 chase far more than dropping big money on a no-brainer big sports watch and one day hope to have one of the nicest, most comprehensive and complete 1803 collections in existence.
I have shared a few pictures here, but I still have oodles of bracelets, dials, bezels and cases still waiting for the correct marriage.
Isn’t this how fun collecting was originally meant to be?