Day Date Reference

Rolex Day-Date also known as the Rolex President. On this page you will find information the will assist you with your Rolex Day-Date timepiece.

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The Rolex Day Date

In 1956 Rolex released the “Rolex Day-Date” with the Rolex model number 6511. It had a window at twelve o’clock that showed the day as well as a window for the date at three o’clock. This watch had an automatic movement. Additional discs and screw down back were added due to the complexity of the watch. The Day-Date’s ability to be waterproof up to 165 feet compromised the appearance in that it was somewhat bulky. The design was later changed due to Rolex’s standards of perfection and modernization. The new design was more slender and is still used today with newer models. The metal options for the Day-Date were white gold, yellow gold, rose gold and platinum.

In 1957 Rolex released the Day-Date model numbered 6611. This model was waterproof up to 100 but was still nearly identical in appearance to the 6511 model. This model featured a new caliber 1055 movement. This movement had a free sprung Micro-Stella balance and was the first to be labeled “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” on the dial which set a new accuracy standard guaranteed by Rolex. The Day-Date later earned the nickname “President” when President wore it during a televisedspeech. People began asking for the watch that the president wore.

There have been few changes made to the case design of the Day-Date. The first major modification to  the Day-Date was the introduction of the hack feature, released in 1972. The hack feature allows one to stop the second hand so that you may set the time to match a more accurate source. The shape of the head at this time was virtually the same as newer, more recent models. In the late 1970’s, the quick-set feature was introduced and was eventually added to all Rolex models by 1983. This solved one of the major setbacks of the Day-Date. Before the quick-set feature one could not set the day and date independent from the time. The quick-set feature allowed one to pull the crown button half way out and change the date until the desired day was displayed. Another feature was added around the same time as the quick-set feature, the sapphire crystal. The sapphire crystal had a tighter fit than the previously used plastic glass. The sapphire crystal made the watch nearly scratch proof. In addition to the new features of the Day-Date a new number system was introduced by Rolex that is still used for some models today. They started adding an extra digit to the previous reference number.

The next major innovation to the Day-Date was introduced toward the end of 1990 with the new model numbered 18238 and was called the “Double Quick-Set”. This feature made setting the day and date much easier than before. It allowed one to set the day, date and time independently. The Rolex Crown Collection was later expanded to include all types of precious stones in addition to the diamond bezel which was included at their original debut. Later in the year of 2000 Rolex gave customers the option of a rose gold Day-Date once again and also featured the domed sapphire mineral glass.

218238In 2008 Rolex released the Day-Date II, model reference 218238. With a 41mm case, the Day-Date II is larger than the original Day-Date. It also has the new 3156 calibre movement as well as the new Paraflex shock absorbers and the Rolex Parachrom Hairspring, making the Day-Date II highly resistant to shocks and magnetic fields.

The Rolex Day-Date President is indefinitely one of the most prestigious Rolex watches available. It represents a sense of high class and style and is also considered to be a trophy of success.


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Article by: Brad Cecil