Introduced in the late 1960s, and produced throughout the 70s and 80s, the Rolex “Stella” dial Day-Dates are somewhat of an enigma, and considered the most desirable and collectible of the Rolex Day-Date line. In the late 1960s, as the story goes, Rolex experimented with colorful lacquer dials as a way to reach more of the Asian and Middle Eastern market. Rolex produced them in a variety of colors and across a variety of references. The example offered here is an early production reference 1803, fitted with an “Oxblood” maroon-color dial, and produced in 1969.
This Rolex “Stella” Day-Date is in excellent vintage condition. The case, although worn from use, does not show any signs of polishing. The original Stella-lacquer dial is in perfect condition, with no cracks or wear to the enamel. Further, the original tritium lume remains in tact on both dial and hands, aged to a nice yellow color. The watch comes fitted on a Rolex Swiss “Presidential”-style bracelet, dating to 1966, with medium stretch from use, and will fit an approximate 6.7″ wrist (more links can be added by a jeweler upon request).