When it comes to Rolex, what people are most familiar with is Day-Date and Submariner, and others have more or less their shadow. Day-Date and Submariner are the star products of Rolex; the former is dress watch and the latter is sports watch. Although their watchcases are similar, oyster-type case, these unexpected Rolex watches are different in watch hand and plate, with their own characteristics, high identification. Generally, people will not confuse the two watches.
But the appearance of this Rolex watch is surprising to the people. With the first look at it, everyone will have such a sentence in the mind, “even there is such a Rolex!”
This is an unexpected Rolex watch, Rolex Ref.1803, and it is known to all Rolex’s friends that this is a classic and precious Day-Date watch with metal case. This is the second generation of the series, and its production time has lasted for nearly half a century. From 1959 to 1977, there are still many well-run Ref.1803 on the market.
Next, we have to talk about the watch numbered 2167821, and it has evident difference with the front of Ref. 1803, matched with Mercedes needle. This is the most iconic circular luminous daub scale of Submariner, without the collaboration of standard knitting needle + bar scale, nor rare combination of sword needle + bullet scale.
As is shown in the picture, many people have tried this kind of modification, which is not very difficult, and can be completed by themselves or the maintenance master.
Of course, if you look closely at the plate, you’ll see that it’s not simply changing the plate of Submariner to Day-Date, but to reproduce a plate. You can clearly see, at the location of 12 o ‘clock, there is a separate window, used to display the week, and this independent window is concave. This plate with concave window needs to be done at the beginning of production by stamping machine, and cannot be made by post processing.
Why is there such a distinctive Ref.1803? Perhaps a lot of people have come up with the idea, yes, this is the custom-made Rolex, and it’s custom-made by Rolex officially, but not modified by a third-party licensing agency.
In fact, this is the watch specially customized by Povl Klarlund. Klarlund is Denmark and even Scandinavia’s leading high-end watch dealer, and has good relation with Rolex. Rolex crown logo is always placed in the most eye-catching place of their stores. Customized watch customer is a sailboat enthusiast, who likes such precious metal case + week calendar as Day-Date but the customer felt Day-Date was too formal, and not suitable to wear in sports, especially for those loving sailing. So, through Povl Klarlund, he raised a requirement to Rolex, requiring customizing a watch, and combining Day-Date and Submariner. It is unimagined that Rolex customized it for him, and in 1969 this watch was given to the customer.
It’s a combination of Day-Date and Submariner, so which Rolex series does this watch belong to? In fact, according to printed words on the back cover, lug and plate, it can be sure that this watch belongs to Day-Date.
Everyone thinks that Rolex is straight and narrow, but Rolex also has many strange products, in which the impressive one is the famous Ferrari red Rolex Daytona Paul Newman, but that’s just the style that people assembly the plate samples of Singer given by Rolex, and they did not get Rolex’s official recognition.
Rolex is usually custom product for the British royal air force, the Middle East royal family, Comex in France, Italian police diving team and other large organizations and dealers. The appearance of Ref. 1803 was questionable at the beginning, since the common custom products are usually added with a few letters or a pattern, without the production of spare parts by separate mold. It is no wonder that people will doubt about it.
In the face of all questions, the owner of Ref.1803 also broke his heart to prove that it was an official watch. Even if he had taken a bunch of evidence and had maintained it four times through the dealer Klarlund, some people said the evidence was fake and could not be trusted. However, when the watch was sent to the Rolex headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland for maintenance, Rolex official finally determined the watch was a custom one by Rolex to Povl Klarlund from the records.
But unfortunately, this watch is not the only, though this is the exclusive custom one Rolex made to Povl Klarlund, but since its appearance is too tempting, when the customer came to get the watch, it happened that a royal family saw it, and then because he was very fond of Ref. 1803, he asked Rolex to customize it for him. As a result, there are two pieces of this watch, and only few people know it.
Ref. 1803 is a very unexpected watch, because it is design by Rolex separately making mold for parts and is the combination of Day- Date and Submariner, so it is bound to cause our attention. There’s nothing we can do to customize a Rolex, but at least we can have a classic one. If there is economic burden, you also can consider the replica watch with preferential price. Actually, for many popular styles, even if you have much money, you may not be able to buy it; it is hard to find. Then many people will consider buying the replica watch to satisfy their need in advance. Of course, it is precisely because the workmanship and material of replica watch are close to the genuine one, you cannot distinguish the false and the true when wearing it. This is also the main reason why people choose it.
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