Launched over 60 years ago, the Rolex Day-Date has become an icon in the watch world and a fixture in every horology enthusiast’s watch wardrobe. The first reference was the 6511, which, due to the complexity of the new model and its automatic movement, included additional discs and a screw down back to meet manufacturing standards and precision. Below are a few more interesting facts that you may not know about one of the most popular watches on the primary and secondary markets.
In 1972, Rolex added a new feature to the Day-Date, also known as the President. The technology allowed for the wearer to stop the second hand if he or she wanted to reset the time to a more accurate source. Later in the decade, Rolex introduced a quick set feature on the model, which allowed for the crown button to be easily pulled out to readjust the date independently from the time.
Released in 2008, the Day-Date II featured a bigger case, but was built upon the exclusive heritage of the original Day-Date. The Day-Date was the first watch to indicate the day of the week in an unabbreviated format. The newest model embodies modern engineering, ensuring that the day and date change simultaneously and instantaneously at midnight – a testament to the uncompromising quality Rolex commands.
While the classic yellow gold model with a champagne or white dial remains one of the most widely popular choices, the Day-Date offers many styles from which to choose. Diamonds on the dial or the bezel are a more expensive option, along with a variety of different dial colors and numeral fonts that allow the wearer to customize the watch they purchase to their taste.
Should you be interested in buying, selling or taking a loan against your Rolex Day-Date, or any other luxury watch, including Cartier, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet, please call Jewelry-N-Loan at 949-645-0488 for more information, or to speak with a loan officer directly.