The very essence of luxurious time-keeping, provided with a day and date function. It was launched in 1956 as a niche model and was only produced in precious metals (yellow-, white- and rosegold or platinum). Its retail price was way costlier than any other Rolex model. However, due to its popularity among a lot of prestigious people, for example presidents (hence, its nickname), it became Rolex’ flagship model. Over the years this model has enjoyed associations with a wide variety of people, from world leaders, athletes, celebrities and mafiosi (like Tony Soprano). Regardless of the differences, they all had one thing in common: being successful in their area of expertise. Therefore, to this day the Day-Date is still synonymous with luxury, prestige, style and success. With exception of the most modern models, the Day-Date comes in at 36mm. Do you earn this watch?
The very first Day-Date references (65XX and 66XX) were replaced by the 18XX series in 1959. A new era for the Day-Date began. The caliber 1530, which experienced some difficulties, got replaced by the improved caliber 1555 (early serials) and caliber 1556 (late serials). Characteristic for this era of production is the so-called Pie Pan dial that is called like this because the dial is a concentric ring that slopes downard from the flat centre (looks like an upside-down pie pan). The 18XX came with a wide variety of dials and options of languages for the day display. Moreover, the references indicate the type of bezel or bezel and case decoration.
- Reference 1802: Domed bezel
- Reference 1803: Fluted bezel
- Reference 1804: Diamond-set bezel and index
- Reference 1806: Florentine-finished bezel and case
- Reference 1807: Bark-finished bezel (Often paired with President bracelet with bark-finished centerlinks)
- Reference 1811: Morellis-finished bezel (Often paired with President bracelet with morellis-finished centerlinks)