Rolex 18ct Yellow Gold Day Date With Champagne Dial

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Rolex 18ct Yellow Gold Day Date with Champagne Dial dated 1987.  

Launched in 1956, the Day-Date made its debut as the first waterproof and self-winding chronometer wristwatch to offer a modern calendar with an instantaneous day display, spelt out in full in a window on the dial, in addition to the date.  

It was just a few years before Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf passed away (1960) when Rolex introduced their wristwatch that could simultaneously display the day and date on the dial. The first Rolex Day-Date was introduced in 1956, with references 6510 (domed bezel) and 6511 (fluted bezel). This watch, the flagship of Rolex’s collection that was only available in 18-carat gold (white, yellow and rose) and platinum. These two references only lasted for one year, as the successor (6611) was already there in 1957 and had an updated version of the calibre 1055 movement (with free-sprung balance with micro-Stella adjustment).  

This reference was in production till 1959. As you can see below, the hands looked slightly different from the later (and current) Rolex Day-Date models. The President bracelet was delivered with this watch, but at the time, it didn’t have this name yet. Rolex has used the ‘President’ reference in early advertisements (1966), but it is not entirely clear if that was only meant for the bracelet (as it is today) or the entire watch.  

Model Number
18038
Year 1987
Condition Good
Box No
Papers No

Rolex 18ct Yellow Gold Day Date with Champagne Dial dated 1987.  

Launched in 1956, the Day-Date made its debut as the first waterproof and self-winding chronometer wristwatch to offer a modern calendar with an instantaneous day display, spelt out in full in a window on the dial, in addition to the date.  

It was just a few years before Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf passed away (1960) when Rolex introduced their wristwatch that could simultaneously display the day and date on the dial. The first Rolex Day-Date was introduced in 1956, with references 6510 (domed bezel) and 6511 (fluted bezel). This watch, the flagship of Rolex’s collection that was only available in 18-carat gold (white, yellow and rose) and platinum. These two references only lasted for one year, as the successor (6611) was already there in 1957 and had an updated version of the calibre 1055 movement (with free-sprung balance with micro-Stella adjustment).  

This reference was in production till 1959. As you can see below, the hands looked slightly different from the later (and current) Rolex Day-Date models. The President bracelet was delivered with this watch, but at the time, it didn’t have this name yet. Rolex has used the ‘President’ reference in early advertisements (1966), but it is not entirely clear if that was only meant for the bracelet (as it is today) or the entire watch.  

Model Number
18038
Year 1987
Condition Good
Box No
Papers No

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