Rolex Day-Date – The “Presidents’ watch”
At its launch in 1956, the Day-Date marked a world first: it was the first calendar wristwatch to indicate the day of the week spelt out in full in a window on the dial in addition to the date – a technical feat at the time. Still at the forefront of Rolex watchmaking expertise today, it is made only in 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold, or in 950 platinum.
The exceptional precision, reliability, legibility and presence of this prestigious model have made it the ultimate status watch. The Rolex Day-Date has been worn by many presidents, leaders and visionaries worldwide. It is highly distinctive, in particular thanks to its emblematic President bracelet with an evocative name that, together with the eminent figures who have worn it, ensured the Rolex Day-Date became known as the “presidents’ watch”.
Day and date
The Day-Date’s calendar displays the day of the week spelt out in full in an arc-shaped window at 12 o’clock in addition to the date in a separate window. This display relies on disc mechanisms that reveal their ingenious engineering at midnight, when the day and date change simultaneously and instantaneously.
The indication of the day of the week is available in a choice of 26 languages. Both the date and day can be rapidly adjusted using the winding crown.
The Oyster case – Symbol of waterproofness and elegance
The Day-Date’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet) and produced exclusively in 950 platinum or in 18 ct gold, is a paragon of robustness and elegance. The characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of either 18 ct gold or 950 platinum. The bezel can be fluted, smooth or gem-set. The crystal is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire. The waterproof Oyster case provides the Day-Date’s high-precision movement with optimal protection.
Prestigious President bracelet
Designed specially for the Rolex Day-Date, the elegant and imposing President bracelet. Immediately recognizable on a wrist, this solid gold or platinum bracelet with three semi-circular links provides complete reliability and comfort. It is now equipped with ceramic inserts inside the links, enhancing its suppleness and durability. A new concealed attachment beneath the bezel ensures seamless visual continuity between the bracelet and case. The new-generation concealed Crownclasp is the final aesthetic and functional touch to this sumptuous bracelet.
Perpetual calibres 3155 and 3255
According to its size, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date is equipped with calibre 3155 (36 mm version), or 3255 (40 mm version), two self-winding mechanical movements entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Their architecture, manufacturing and innovative features make them singularly precise and reliable.
Like all Rolex watches, each Day-Date is certified as a Superlative Chronometer. This exclusive designation attests that it has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories and according to its own criteria, which exceed watchmaking norms and standards. These tests are carried out on the fully assembled watch, in order to guarantee its superlative performance on the wrist.
Discover some of the selected Rolex Day-Date models in a gallery below:
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