facebook pixel
  • Watch Certification Services of America100% Certified Authentic

    Bob's Watches
    100% Certified Authentic

    At Bob's Watches, your trust is very important to us. We believe that buying a pre-owned Rolex watch online should be simple, honest, and straightforward. To that end, we guarantee that every Rolex watch on our site is 100% authentic, comprised entirely of Rolex parts. Our mission is to be the leading trusted online source for selling and buying authentic pre-owned Rolex watches. We stand behind this authenticity guarantee with a full money back refund on any watch not found to be completely genuine.

  • SIGN IN

BOB’S WATCHES

ROLEX BLOG

Jack Nicklaus’s Rolex President is Up for Auction

May 30, 2019

BY Jared Paul Stern

SHARE

Jack Nicklaus is considered by many to be the greatest professional golfer of all time. He is one of the only players ever to win all four of the sport’s modern majors – a feat known as a Grand Slam, earning him the nickname ‘The Golden Bear’ along the way. And now he is offering up his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date President reference 1803, which he has owned since 1967 – and it is being auctioned off to benefit a good cause.

Jack Nicklaus

The Golden Bear’s gold Rolex President will be hitting the auction block this December. (Image: Phillips)

A Golf Legend

Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo will be selling Nicklaus’s watch as part of a “tightly curated and important thematic auction” in New York on December 10. Rolex first released the ref. 1803 in 1958 as an update of the previous generation of Day-Date watches, with the key difference being that it was built around Rolex’s new and improved, 1500-series of movements.

Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus wearing his Role President at the 1978 British Open. (Image: Nicklaus Companies)

Jack Nicklaus was gifted the watch by Rolex in 1966 when he was 26 years old. While attending a Rolex event at the Canada Cup in Tokyo, representatives of the iconic watch company offered Nicklaus a Rolex of his choice. Following the advice of fellow golfer Gary Player (who was sponsored by Rolex at the time), Nicklaus chose the 1803 Day-Date  in 18k yellow gold with a champagne “pie-pan” dial, and received the watch (his first wristwatch) in 1967 – the same year he won his second U.S. Open and set the scoring record at 275.

Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus has worn this ref. 1803 Rolex Day-Date since 1967. (Image: Phillips)

Jack Nicklaus and the Rolex President

“Although he eventually acquired a number of watches throughout his lifetime, Mr. Nicklaus has revealed that this Rolex is the wristwatch that he wore daily and that barely left his wrist for 50 years,” Phillips says.

Jack Nicklaus

This Rolex President was the first wristwatch that Jack Nicklaus ever owned. (Image: Phillips)

“This is the very first watch I ever owned, and the only watch I wore for every professional tournament I’ve won throughout my career,” Nicklaus says. “It has accompanied me at U.S. Opens, Masters Tournaments, PGA Championships, Open Championships and countless other events for over five decades, and has served me well at every step along the way. Parting ways with this watch is certainly bittersweet. While I will certainly miss the opportunity of wearing the watch and having it serve as a constant reminder of some of my life’s most memorable moments, I know that parting with it will help countless children and families impacted through the work of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation” – which will receive the proceeds of the sale.

“With its incredible provenance and timeless aesthetics,” adds Paul Boutros, Phillips Head of Watches, Americas, “we look forward to seeing an enthusiastic response from collectors, golf fans, and charitable supporters, who, in addition to vying for one of the greatest timepieces associated with an iconic sports legend, will have the opportunity to raise funds to positively impact the lives of children.”

Jack Nicklaus

The proceeds from the sale will directly benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. (Image: Phillips)

WATCHES YOU MIGHT LIKE

SHARE

Leave a Reply

  • This error message is only visible to WordPress admins

    Error: API requests are being delayed. New posts will not be retrieved.

    There may be an issue with the Instagram access token that you are using. Your server might also be unable to connect to Instagram at this time.

    Error: API requests are being delayed for this account. New posts will not be retrieved.

    There may be an issue with the Instagram access token that you are using. Your server might also be unable to connect to Instagram at this time.

  • Get The Best Deals - Buy A Rolex
    Sell A Rolex

    "The most trusted place to buy or sell a used luxury timepiece" – WSJ

    Bob's Watches is an independent watch dealer and is not sponsored by, associated with and/or affiliated with Rolex, or any other brand listed. Bob's Watches only sells pre-owned watches and provides its own warranties on the watches it sells. Rolex Datejust, Rolex Day Date President, Submariner, Presidential, Explorer, Sea Dweller, Super President, GMT Master, GMT, YachtMaster, Prince, Milgauss, MasterPiece, Air King, Cosmograph Daytona, and PearlMaster, etc are all registered trademarks of the Rolex Corporation. All brands including Brequet, Cartier, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Ulysse Nardin, Breitling and Omega, etc are trademarks of their respective owners.