Rolex first released the Day-Date collection in 1956. It showcased a number of innovative and unique features for the time, including the date and day discs from which the model gets its name. The Day-Date quickly became the flagship model for the Rolex brand. The popular 18-karat yellow gold variation of the iconic model was eventually nicknamed the President after being sported by some of the most famous and accomplished leaders, including several U.S. presidents. Buying a Rolex Day-Date watch means owning a model of prominence and historical significance. Shop our wide array of exceptional used Rolex Day-Date watches for sale.
Rolex initially introduced the Day-Date in 1956, and it immediately garnered attention because of its unique display of both the day and date on the dial. It was the first watch to do so and was aptly named the Day-Date. Known for their tool watches, this model also illustrated Rolex’s efforts to diversify their offerings, and the Day-Date exemplifies the brand’s ability to branch out and create stunning and technically impressive dress watches.
The aesthetic of the Day-Date has remained largely unchanged over the years, though the original bulkier case design has been streamlined with the refinement of Rolex’s automatic movements. Several other notable modifications include a hacking seconds function, which allows the wearer to stop the second hand and set the time to match a source clock, and the quickset function, which streamlined the process of setting the day and date on the watch. As the Day-Date continued to evolve, it gained the addition of a sapphire crystal in place of the original Plexiglas.
To this day, the Day-Date remains one of the most popular models in the Rolex lineup. The model has a rich history and undeniable appeal as stunning dress watch. Although its design has only seen small modifications over the years, Rolex continues to keep the collection interesting.
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