Rolex Day-Date 6611B

This is an exceptionally early (1957) and unique example of the Rolex Day-Date.

Museum Piece
Rolex Day-DateIn 1956, Rolex introduced one the most iconic watches ever made: the Day-Date.
This is an exceptionally early (1957) and unique example of the Rolex Day-Date. The watch was sold in Rome and we can only imagine what kind of stylish Italian gentleman walked in the Rolex boutique in the fifties and requested this gorgeous wristwatch. The rare bracelet and English day disc give the impression that it belonged to a wealthy, international businessman.This Day-Date possibly represents a unique configuration with never seen before, matching gold bracelet. The bracelet has an interesting construction with delicate decoration and fold-over clasp, signed Rolex and stamped fourth quarter of 1957. The galvanized black glossy dial features gilt printing and chunky 18K applied baton markers. On the edge of the pie-pan dial we find beautifully discolored radium plots, matching the inlay of the alpha hands.The previous owner certainly did enjoy this watch but it remains in excellent and most importantly, original condition. Trying to find a Day-Date that tops this one is next to impossible. Since its a president's watch from the 1950s, we like to call it "The Eisenhower".
Rolex Day-DateIn 1956, Rolex introduced one the most iconic watches ever made: the Day-Date. The Day-Date was the first waterproof self-winding chronometer certified wristwatch with a day and date function. And to top it off, it was only available in gold or platinum! Rolex also designed a new three-link bracelet, known as the ‘President,’ to pair with this special watch. With exception of the most modern executions, the Day-Date comes exclusively in a 36mm case.REF. 65xx 66xxThe very first Day-Date references, the 6510 (with a domed bezel) and 6511 (with a fluted bezel) with the calibre 1055 movement, were produced for a single year before being fitted with an upgraded movement.The next generation (references 6611, 6612, and 6613) contained an upgraded version of the cal. 1055 movement with a new balance wheel with microstella regulating screws. This upgrade yielded a certification from the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). While the previous Day-Dates featured the words “Officially Certified Chronometer” on the dial, these Day-Dates for the first time saw the famous “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” printing.