Day-Date History & Interesting Facts
The RolexDay-Date was released in 1955 and had many features that were considered ahead of its time, including an automatic movement plus day and date discs. Because of these unique features, the Rolex Day-Date son became the flagship model for Rolex. The Rolex Day-Date is often considered to be a favorite of many past presidents, including Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Johnson, and is often called the Rolex President.
About a year after the first Day-Date (model 6511) premiered, a new model (6611) replaced it. The two models looked very similar in appearance, but the difference lied on the inside of the watches. The 6611 contained a new caliber 1055 movement with a free sprung Micro-Stella balance. The Rolex company guaranteed that the watch would remain within 3 seconds per day and marked the dial with the words, “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified.” Rolex has released many updates throughout the years, the most current one being the 3155.
The Day-Date is offered in yellow gold, pink gold, and platinum. All early models of the Day-Date are water resistant up to 50 meters and new models can withstand 100 meters.
Take a look at some of the great Rolex Presidents below, and you’ll understand why this watch continues to be so highly valued by Rolex enthusiasts and watch lovers alike.
Day-Date Watch Images
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date President 18K Gold Ref. 19018
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 18K White Gold Ref. 118209
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 18K Yellow Gold Diamond Ref. 118248
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Famous Wearers of Day-Date Watches
Roger Federer advertises his love for the Rolex President
Martin Luther King Jr. wore a gold Rolex Day-Date
Mr. T. prefers his Day-Date with a little bling
Day-Date Prices at Auction
ROLEX REF. 18238 DAY-DATE YELLOW GOLD
Sold by Antiquorum on 25-04-2012 for: $8,750 USD
ROLEX REF. 19038 OYSTERQUARTZ DAY-DATE DIAMOND & EMERALD
Sold by Antiquorum on 25-04-2012 for: $16,250 USD