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Rolex Day Date ref 1803 18K YG Buckley Dial circa 1978

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A terrific looking vintage Rolex Day Date ref 1803 circa 1978 with infamous Buckley dial. This is a great condition example Rolex 36mm period Presidential model with pleasing original matte champagne dial with black printed oversize Roman figures and matching black baton luminous hands. Featuring an especially fine condition case, with 18K yellow gold fluted bezel, acrylic crystal, and fitted with original 18K YG Presidential link bracelet with open clasp. With fully intact and lovely warmly patina’d tritium luminous plots on the dial and matching original lume hands. The open clasp bracelet is a characteristic of Presidential bracelets of this era, is 18K gold with #53 end links.

Powered by caliber 1556 self winding chronometer rated movement with sweep seconds, day of the week, and date. Fully serviced and offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate time keeping and operation.

We love the look of this particular watch! The Buckley dial is a very soft and pleasing matte champagne color perfectly offset against the gold case and bracelet, and perfectly accented with the bold black printed Roman and original black Buckley hands. We have seen a number of Buckley dials on steel and 2 tone models, but don’t often seem them on all gold watches, or if we do, we don’t remember them looking this good!

Buckley dial biography: For your edification and amusement, we offer you the following delightful description of the origin of the so called Buckley dials written by our colleague in the UK, who goes by the Ebay handle of Subdial Watches. (Edits by this author.)

“The term “Buckley dial” refers to a Datejust or Day Date dial that features large printed, rather than applied, Roman numerals. These numerals are elegant, slim, and larger than the applied numerals. The name comes rather humorously from John Buckley himself, an American vintage dealer, posting on the Vintage Rolex Forums. Upon seeing a younger John Mayer (of Talking Watches fame – amongst his other accomplishments) attempt to name a variant of the Paul Newman Daytona dial after himself, Buckley began jokingly referring to the now (in)famous Buckley dial after himself. While the story has been told and retold multiple times, what hasn’t changed is the timeless appeal of the watch itself. Buckley’s joke ultimately and inadvertently popularized a then unpopular reference into a highly sought after dial variant which continues to be appreciated today.”

 

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Rolex Serial Numbers and Clasp Codes

Rolex Serial Numbers

Rolex Production Year Serial Number
2010 G
2009 V
2008 M OR V
2007 M OR Z
2006 D OR Z
2005 D
2005 F
2004 F
2003 F
2002 Y
2001 K OR Y
2000 K,000,001
2000 P,000,001
1999 A,000,001
1998 U,932,144
1997 U,000,001
1996 T,000,001
1995 W,000,001
1994 S,860,880
1993 S,000,001
1992 C,000,001
1991 N,000,001
1991 X,000,001
1990 E,000,001
1989 L,980,000
1988 R,598,200
1987 R,000,001
1987 9,400,000
1986 8,900,000
1985 8,614,000
1984 8,070,022
1983 7,400,000
1982 7,100,000
1981 6,520,870
1980 6,434,000
1979 5,737,030
1978 5,000,000
1977 5,008,000
1976 4,115,299
1975 3,862,196
1974 3,567,927
1973 3,200,268
1972 2,890,459
1971 2,589,295
1970 2,241,882
1969 1,900,000
1968 1,752,000
1967 1,538,435
1966 1,200,000
1965 1,100,000
1964 1,008,889
1963 824,000
1962 744,000
1961 643,153
1960 516,000
1959 399,453
1958 328,000
1957 224,000
1956 133,061
1955 97,000
1954 23,000
1953 855,726
1952 726,639
1951 709,249
1950
1949
1948 628,840
1947 529,163
1946 367,946
1945 302,459
1944 269,561
1943 230,878
1942 143,509
1941 106,047
1940 99,775
1939 71,224
1938 43,739
1937 40,920
1936 36,856
1935 34,336
1934 30,823
1933 29,562
1932 29,132
1931
1930 23,186
1929
1928 23,969
1927 20,190
1926 00,001
 

Rolex Clasp Codes

Bracelet CodeYear
A or VA1976
B or VB1977
C or VC1978
D or VD1979
E or VE1980
F or VF1981
G1982
H1983
I1984
J1985
K1986
L1987
M1988
N1989
O1990
P1991
Q1992
R1993
S1994
T or W1995
V1996
Z1997
U1998
X1999
AB2000
DE2001
DT2002
AD2003
CL2004
MA2005
OP2006
EO2007
PJ2008
LT2009
RS2010
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