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!
Various Rolex Day-Dates
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?
Various Rolex Day-Dates