1978 Rolex Day Date Blue Stella Diamond Dial Ref. 1803
Stella on White Gold - Rolex really pushed the envelope in the 1970’s & 1980’s by introducing hard enamel dials known as Stella dials. These enamel watch faces came in a riot of colors, tones you wouldn’t expect to see on a Rolex. Interestingly, ‘Stella’ is not a nickname by collectors but the name of the company supplying the lacquer for the dials. It is believed that these dials were originally produced for a few markets including the Middle East and Asia but found their way to other regions as well. The irony is that Stella models weren’t popular during the time Rolex produced them. Back then clients wanted more conservative dials so many of these dials were sent back, destroyed or misplaced. This is one reason why a good Stella dial is a hard find today. The numbers of well preserved examples is small. The offered watch is in pristine condition with a strong case and beautiful Blue Stella Dial with Diamond indexes. Further the hands are original and matching the lume on the dial. Not only is the condition astonishing but also the color. Stella dials came in a Tuttifrutti range of colors and the Blue, also Baby Blue in sunlight, is one of the more vibrant colors. Stella dials have always been rare but its only in the recent years that the collecting community has realized that and is on a mission to add these to their collections.
|Model||Day Date Blue Stella Diamond dial|
|Case||Excellent 18K White Gold case that only shows light wear from age. The fluted bezel is also in great condition and doesn't show much wear from age. Lugs remain straight and even with clear numbers|
|Bracelet / Strap||Excellent matching President bracelet not showing much wear from age. The bracelet shows light stretch from age.|
|Dial||Excellent and rare Blue Stella Diamond dial with full glossy surface. There is a minor chip at the edge of 10-11 and minor wear around the edge of the 4' marker. The Luminous dots are original and matching with the hands|
Arguably one of the most iconic watches ever made, the Day-Date aka the Rolex President was introduced in 1956 and was the first to feature both the day and date in dedicated windows on the dial.
The Day-Date is the top model in the Rolex line-up and comes in an array of configurations with rare and special dials and case decorations. It has only ever been made in precious metals with Automatic movements and historically with an elegant diameter of 36mm - the perfect size for an iconic dress watch.